Black Panther stars head to South Africa

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While we are sure Cyril Ramaphosa’s state of the nation address this evening will be gripping viewing, we suspect it may be somewhat overshadowed by another event.

The stars of the much-anticipated Black Panther film are due to descend on Johannesburg this evening for its South African premiere.

Among those walking the red carpet will be Kenya’s Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira, best-known for her role in hit show The Walking Dead.

And it seems they are just as excited to head for South Africa as South Africa is to see them

The film is expected to roll out worldwide in mid-February. The premiere in Kenya will be on Tuesday, February 13 and in South Africa, on Friday, February 16.

Movie enthusiasts in Europe attended the premiere last week on Thursday at London’s Eventim Apollo and it was absolutely amazing. Why? First, because the actors of the film were present plus a number of other celebrities.

The best part is what those who attended wore to the event. The stars and even the fans.

Black Panther is seen as a very important film for children to watch because it informs them that black people can be heroes too.

And the Black Panther soundtrack is also out.

Click on this link to watch the video

Source: BBC

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Ebony confirmed dead in a car crash

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Twenty-year-old Dancehall star, Ebony Reigns, has been confirmed dead in a car crash at Mankranso in the Ashanti Region.
Ebony, real name Priscilla Opoku-Kwarteng, was returning from Sunyani in the Brong Ahafo Region when the Jeep she was travelling in crashed into a VIP bus on Thursday evening, according to police.
Ebony was travelling with three other people, and two of them have also been confirmed dead. The two include a young lady, Ebony’s assistant, and a man in military uniform believed to be a soldier.
The driver of the Jeep survived the crash, but is currently unconscious and receiving treatment, according to police.
The Divisional Commander of Mankranso, DSP John Adusei, confirmed the accident to Citi News narrating that Ebony was on her way from Sunyani where, “at the intersection of the road between the Nsuta and Bechem junction, [her car] collided with a VIP bus which was also coming from Kumasi towards the Sunyani direction.”
“…so three of them passed on. Now the bodies are at Mankranso. We have a morgue here so we have deposited the bodies over here,” DSP John Adusei added.
No causalities have been recorded from the VIP bus.

Ebony’s passing comes on the back of a stellar 2017 where she rose to superstardom in Ghanaian popular culture.
The singer was discovered by renowned music entrepreneur Bullet of Ruff n Smooth fame in 2015, when she sent in a demo. She was signed to Bullet’s Rufftown record label a day after.
Known for her risqué onstage acts and vivacious performances, Ebony captivated Ghanaians with her hit singles which included Maame Hwԑ, Kupe, Poison and Sponsor.
She was widely tipped to be the Artiste of the Year at the Ghana Music Awards in April 2018.

Source: Citifm

Zambian gov’t pledges commitment to growth of film industry

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The Zambian government on Wednesday reassured stakeholders of its commitment to the growth of the film industry.
Chief Government Spokesperson Kampamba Mulenga said the government will ensure that it works with all stakeholders in the implementation of a recently approved film policy, adding that the industry has in the past been neglected due to lack of a policy to guide its operations.
The filming sector, she said, could not continue to be silent in the economic affairs of the country because of its huge potential to effectively contribute to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
The spokesperson, who is also information and broadcasting minister, was speaking when she met a delegation from Ster-Kinekor, one of the local firms promoting the film industry, according to a statement released by her office.
She further pledged that the government will continue to create an enabling environment that will facilitate the growth of the film industry and appealed to stakeholders to support the successful implementation of the film policy.
Wanda Matandela, the managing director of Ster-Kinekor, said the firm was ready to work with the government and other stakeholders in successfully implementing the film policy which he said was key in the development process of the industry.
He said there is need for Zambian film makers to work hard and produce content that will appeal to the international market in order for the industry to grow.

Source: Xinhua

I haven’t endorsed NPP – Kwaw Kese

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Ghanaian rapper Kwaw Kese has debunked reports that he has declared his support for the Presidential Candidate of the NPP, Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo.

Debunking the reports on his facebook page, he told his fans to disregard such publication.

“There is news going around that I have said I’ll vote for a particular political party.

Pls ignore that in the name of God.

I have never said that anywhere and don’t even take part in any voting. This is false news and my team and I are working to sue any blogger or media house reporting these lies.

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http://www.berniceblog.com/2016/09/i-havent-endorsed-npp-kwaw-kese.html?m=1

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4realRecords JKL4real Premiers New single titled ‘Prayer’

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4Real records artiste, JKL (Justin Kingland), aka Dr Money drops  his new single titled ‘prayer’ today 3rd February 2016
The song is dubbed “Prayer” and it’s a long, meditative release. jkl4real said it’s not from his upcoming Album, but instead “just some things on my mind.” Through its lengthy playtime, the song employs a number of different genres and sounds.
Last month, jkl4real hopped on stage for a surprise performance with Ras Kuukus hit single “Nuff Gyals” tune. Now an unexpected but very welcomed  track has been released by jkl4real .
The Inspirational Banger will first be played by 89.9Pluss FM on their morning show and later on Reggae Embassy with DJ Double Richie. Next would be 107.9 YFM who will play it on their mid morning show with DJ Ganj and Trigmatic. Finally 103.9Hitz FM would play it on their After Drive Time with Dr Pounds
”Prayer ” is the second studio single recorded by Nigerian(Malaysian) singer and songwriter Jkl4real. The song released Today .3February 2016, Under 4Real records. Following the release and international success of jkl4real’s second studio single this year , he had considered making a successful deal out of this single .According to the singer, the single’s title is a reflection of his when he was in comma and what God revealed to him
JLK is a renowned reggae dancehall artiste who has done collabos with Sizla Kalonji and Elephant Man. He has also rocked the same stage with super stars, like Rita Mali, High Jahman, Gregory Isaac, Damian Marley, and Nigeria’s Majeck Fashek amongst others.
The Prayer is the key crooner is also a label mate with Ras Kuuku and their record label, 4Real records is based in Malaysia and the United States.
The song builds more gradually to the center than “My Own”, but like this track, his chorus is huge. He gives it  all in the hook as a passionate line like “prayer is the key” demands. The Nigerian(Malaysian) raggae  dancehall musician’s new single  will be his second GH release, so maybe he’ll win more new ears with this one.
His Inspirational new single, “Prayer”, is below:

Inside Tanzania: Poor CD, DVD sales drag Tanzania’s film, music industries

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Tanzania’s local film and music industries are facing sharp decline, poor sales of Audio Discs (CDs) and the video counterparts (DVD) are reportedly making producers and distributors to exit the entertainment business and seek alternative ventures.

Senior official of the country’s Audio-Visual Works Distributors’ Association said in Arusha on Sunday that there has been a decline of over 50 percent in both distribution and production, catapulting the industry into an early grave.

Tanzania Audio-Visual Works Distributors (TAVD) is a nationwide supplier of music and films produced in the country, with over 200 members under its wings.

“Nobody is buying audio (CDs) or video (DVDs) anymore, the sales of physical media has dropped by more than 50 percent in past ten years. Tanzania used to experience a production of over 300 new films per year but now the number has dropped to around just 100 as of 2015,” said Baraka Nyanda, National Chairman of the TAVD.

The National Secretary for TAVD Frank Martin said the music industry has taken a through beating from online channels like Youtube and social media platforms like Whatsapp through which songs and short video can be shared on peer-to-peer basis while a full length film can be uploaded and streamed, or downloaded by viewers free of charge.

“We have reached a point where artists prefer to distribute their music freely online while distributors are left with nothing to do,” Martin said, adding that this is why many producers, distributors and retailers of Tanzanian music and films are calling it quits, choosing to embark onto other careers or alternative businesses.

The distributors under TAVD decided to go contrary to their Dar es Salaam counterparts TAFDA which threatened to boycott the stamp fixed onto local CD and DVDs by the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) as means to curb piracy and collect revenues from indigenous artists.

“They demanded that the stickers don’t help much because imported music and films are never stamped thus making them cheaper compared to local products however this is not the problem, falling quality and lackluster demand for Tanzanian outputs is what matters,” said Martin.

A local film artist Simon Mwapangala said that distributors have dropped the production costs for a single film from 50 million Tanzanian shillings (25,000 U.S. dollars) to just 10 million Tanzanian, which means artists have to work on shoestring budget and this affects quality.

Source: News Ghana

http://newsghana.com.gh/poor-cd-dvd-sales-drag-tanzanias-film-music-industries/

World News: James Horner, Titanic film composer dies in a plane crash

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Academy Award-winning composer James Horner, known for his impressive body of work spanning multiple movie genres, is feared dead after a small plane belonging to him crashed in central California on Monday, killing the pilot.

It is not known whether the 61-year-old Horner, best known for scoring the movie “Titanic,” was the person flying the plane.

But the Hollywood Reporter reported his death, attributing the confirmation to Sylvia Patrycja, his assistant.

“A great tragedy has struck my family today, and I will not be around for a while. I would like some privacy and time to heal,” Patrycja posted on her Facebook page.

“We have lost an amazing person with a huge heart, and unbelievable talent. He died doing what he loved. Thank you for all your support and love and see you down the road. Love Sylvia.”

Horner’s lawyer couldn’t confirm his death, but said he hadn’t heard from the composer since the crash.

“He is an experienced pilot. He owns several planes. We have not heard from him,” Cooper told CNN.

To work with James Horner was one of the biggest moments of my life. He was such a kind soul, I’m so saddened
— Leona Lewis (@leonalewis) June 23, 2015

Condolences pour in

Horner won two Oscars for his work on the 1997 blockbuster”‘Titanic” — best original dramatic score and best original song for the Celine Dion classic, “My Heart Will Go On.”

He was nominated for an Academy Award 10 times and has scored numerous blockbusters, including “Braveheart,” “Apollo 13,” “The Amazing Spider-Man” and “Avatar.”

Reaction to his reported death was immediate, with celebrities who worked with him posting messages of condolences.

“Brilliant Composer James Horner, friend & collaborator on 7 movies has tragically died in a plane crash. My heart aches for his loved ones,” tweeted Ron Howard, who directed “Apollo 13.”

Brilliant Composer James Horner, friend & collaborator on 7 movies has tragically died in a plane crash. My heart aches for his loved ones.— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) June 23, 2015

Leona Lewis, who worked with Horner, on the theme for “Avatar,” said working with the composer “was one of the biggest moments of my life.”

“He was such a kind soul, I’m so saddened,” she tweeted.

To work with James Horner was one of the biggest moments of my life. He was such a kind soul, I’m so saddened
— Leona Lewis (@leonalewis) June 23, 2015

Crash circumstances

The single-engine S312 Tucano crashed under unknown circumstances near Cuyama, about 60 miles north of Santa Barbara, on Monday morning, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

The debris field from the crash was scattered across a roughly one acre area in a dry riverbed, said Mike Eliason, a spokesman for the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

The aircraft caught fire upon impact, and the flames spread to the surrounding vegetation, he said.

Firefighters who arrived on the scene were able to quickly put the fire out, but the occupant of the plane had died on impact, Eliason said.

The pilot was the only occupant on board, the FAA said.

The name of the victim will have to come from local authorities, the FAA said. CNN has reached out to Ventura and Santa Barbara counties for information, and left messages for Horner’s agent.

A person answering the phone at Horner’s house asked for privacy, the Los Angeles Times reported.

More than 75 films

Horner was born in 1953 in Los Angeles, but he grew he up in England, studying piano at London’s Royal College of Music. Horner moved back to the U.S. to attend college, earning a music degree from the University of Southern California, and then his master’s and PhD from UCLA.

Horner composed songs for more than 75 films, making his feature-film debut in 1982 for “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.”

In addition to the accolades he earned for “Titanic,” Horner earned Grammy Awards for “Somewhere Out There” from “An American Tail” in 1987 and “Glory” in 1990. Horner also composed the music for such 1980s classics “Field of Dreams,” and “Cocoon.”

Horner leaves behind a wife, Sarah, and two daughters.

Source: CNN
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/06/22/living/feat-james-horner-titantic-plane-crash/index.html?sr=cnnitw