Recording artist NAIRA blends love, pain, strength, and energy into one powerful punch with her FEARLESS style of music, self-coined Urban-Soul. Pulling from influences of blues, afro-pop, hip-hop and r&b, she is the pulse of everything urban. Her youthful and dynamic energy aligns with the mantra: “Be brave. Be Inspired. Be YOU… Be FEARLESS”.
SONY MUSIC Africa recording artist LIRA is following in the footsteps of the legendary Miriam Makeba & Letta Mbulu, releasing four platinum albums and a triple platinum Live in Concert DVD making her one of South Africa’s highest selling acts
CAPE TOWN’S hip hop scene will never be the same again after the British Council South Africa’s new hip hop dance theatre showcase, Mixing It Up. It takes place on 10 and 11 March and is set to revolutionise the way hip hop is perceived in the Mother City.
Art and culture from around the continent are in the spotlight in Cape Town as the African Arts Institute’s Learn Africa Love Africa event series continues. Plans are also underway to launch similar events in Johannesburg and Durban later this year.
Already a fixed event on the Cape Town calendar, AFAI’s All Africa month-end Dance Parties kick off again on Friday 24 February. The first such event for 2012 will feature DJ Jumbo whose impressive collection of classic African dance music, many on vinyl, spans thirty years. His playlist will include music from Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Angola, Kenya, Gabon, Congo, Cameroun, Nigeria, Benin, Cote d'Ivoire and Senegal, with a taste from the African Diaspora and Cape Verde, from African guitar heroes to rolling bass lines and irresistible rhythms. Tickets are R30 at the door, from 9pm.
On Wednesday 29 February at 9am the first in a series of AFAI Coffee & Networking Mornings will introduce as guest the Artistic Director of the Royal Flemish Theatre (RFT) of Brussels, Jan Goossens. Goossens has been involved with the RFT, or Koninklike Vlaamse Schouwburg, since 1999 and took his current position two years later. He will introduce the work of the much lauded theatre and company, focusing on an ongoing international project in Congo. The event will be hosted at the AFAI offices at Union House, 25 Commercial Street. It is free of charge and with limited capacity so booking is essential. To book, AFAI 021 465 9027 or firstname.lastname@example.org
On Tuesday 13 March African Film Nights continue at the Labia on Orange, in collaboration with the African Film Library. The first title to be screened is Le Silence de la Foret (The Forest, 2003), directed by two filmmakers from the Central African Republic, Didier Ouenangare and Bassek ba Kobhio. The drama is centered around Gonaba, a French African intellectual who returns to his country after decades spent in Europe and finds his ideas challenged by the local community. The film is in Diaka, French and Sango with English subtitles. Tickets are R30 from the Labia on Orange, 021 424 5927 or from AFAI 021 465 9027 or email@example.com
Other titles to be screened in following months include the comedies Le Ballon D’Or (The Golden Ball), directed by Cheik Doukoure (Guinea, 1994) and Lalla Hobby, directed by Moumen Smihi (Morocco, 1999), a science fiction film, Les Saignantes (The Bleeders), directed by Jean-Pierre Bekolo (Cameroon, 2007), the drama Le Destin (Destiny) directed by Youssef Chahine (Egypt, 1997) plus two short films, from Burkina Faso and Mozambique.
Details on a similar series of African Film Nights to be hosted by AFAI and partners in Johannesburg from May 2012 will be announced soon. For more information and regular updates on AFAI events and projects, sign up or consult the Calendar at www.africanartsinstitute.org.za or Like us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/africanartsinstitute
The African Arts Institute (AFAI) harnesses local expertise, resources and markets in the service of Africa’s creative sector. It aims to build regional markets for African creative goods, services and artists’ brands; and to build capacity within the African creative sector. The institute was launched in February 2009 with a two-year grant from Spier. AFAI also plays host to Arterial Network, a continent-wide network of artists, activists and creative enterprises active in the African creative sector and its contribution to development, human rights and democracy on the continent. For more information: www.afai.org.za
Acclaimed media personality proves that SA does have talent with the release of his debut solo album. When Port Elizabeth-based TV Host (Strictly Come Dancing), reality TV series judge (SA’s GOT TALENT) and multi-award winning performer and theatrical creator, Ian von Memerty embarks on a new project, he does it big.
AFRICA IS FULL OF GREATNESS. I sometime believe that every African is extremely gifted, especially when it comes to Arts such as music, dancing, paintings, and writing. With so many blessed talents, it is very common that someone great passes us by without being noticed at all. That is one of the reason why ADUNAGOW Magazine exists; it showcases talented Africans living among us all as normal as anyone can be, yet inside they carry with them true raw talents, waiting to be unveiled.
He’s hip-hop’s biggest name, its deadliest lyricist and the genre’s most flourishing touring act; he’s an in demand performer with fan bases across the globe; he’s Lil Wayne and in December he’s bringing his worldwide “I Am Still Music Tour” to South Africa.
The Bosmont Male Group (BMG) will inspire their audience with their four strong male voices on Saturday, 24 September at the Joburg Promusica Theatre.
BMG is a Christian vocal music group based in Johannesburg which performs predominantly Christian music, normally in churches or for community-based projects. This performance, however, will offer the opportunity to showcase the Group’s talent to a much broader audience.
The highly anticipated, long awaited historical moment for African Film industry is finally here.
The 2011 NAFCA Awards which has been dubbed 'the African OSCAR'. Get ready to meet some of the amazing Actors and Actresses who have become household names and heroes.
Date: Sept 17 2011
Time: 7pm - 10pm
After Party: 11pm to 2.30am
Tickets: $50 each
The Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center
4700 Emperor BLVD
Durham, North Carolina 2770
Room Reservations: call the hotel 1919 941 5050 or 1866 716 8106
For more Information about the entire event please call 919 806 9812 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT IS LOVE? is the exciting debut album from phenomenally talented Gospel and R&B singer Emem Archibong.
Steeped in the classic Soul of legendary artists such as Aretha Franklin and CeCe Winans and influenced by the modern R&B sounds of Alicia Keys, with ‘What is Love?’ Emem looks set to be 2011’s most hotly-tipped Gospel cross-over artist and her mini album heralds the arrival on the British black music scene of a special new talent. Born in Nigeria, Emem grew up in Bradford, England where her remarkably soulful and powerful singing voice was nurtured in her local church’s choir and Gospel music and her strong Christian faith underpin her unique sound. From rousing opener ‘Black and White’ and funky feel-good track ‘Trying to be myself’ to stand out debut single ‘what is Love?’ and deeply personal anthem ‘Not too Late’ the E.P showcases Emem’s truly outstanding vocal talent and ‘Angel,’ ‘Untold Story’ and ‘Trying to be Myself’ also announce Emem as a truly captivating new voice on the British music scene.
MISS WEST AFRICA’S SHIREEN BENJAMIN LAUNCHES “AFRICAN MUSIC FOR FASHION” CAMPAIGN AND AFRICAN FASHION DAY
One more year of reign left for the International Beauty Queen of West Africa, Shireen Benjamin, and she has vowed to dedicate it to increasing the support of African fashion. Working along side the Miss West Africa event organisers, Shireen Benjamin has launched a campaign called “African Music for Fashion”, in the process she will also be launching ‘African Fashion Day’ (www.africanfashionday.com) which will take place on the 6th August 2011, the first Saturday of every other August.
Atlanta raised by way of Nigeria, NAIRA is a vocalist of many different genres, hence the creation of urban soul to help define the fusion of her work. Her newest music video for “Fly Hustle Fresh Grind,” from the new album Fearless: The Art of Letting Go, is a visual representation of her present thoughts on the operations of the industry she is pursuing a career in.