re:publica, Europe’s largest conference on digital and social topics, is set to be hosted in Accra, Ghana and for the first time in Africa.
The event which is set to host politicians, entrepreneurs, bloggers, scientists and activists will be held at the “Round Pavilion at the Trade Fair” in Accra on 14 & 15 December 2018 under the theme: NEXT LEVEL.
Notable among speakers to participate at the 2 days event are Prof Nii Quaynor, Farida Bemba Nabourema, Yemisi Adegoke, Wanlov The Kubolor, Kwame A.A Opoku, Jemila Abdulai, Kwame Acheampong, Yaw Adu-Gyamfi, Nontsikelelo Mutiti, Steve Song, Douglas Ian Scott, Jorge Appiah and others
The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) who is the main partner of the first re:publica on the African continent will also present inspiring sessions which will be used to discuss how digital technologies with innovative solutions can contribute to mastering global challenges.
One of the keynote speakers for the event, Nanjala Nyabola, an author will be speaking about the limits of technology in her talk “What Technology Can’t Fix”. Mozilla Foundation Executive Director Mark Surman will be in dialogue with other high-profile participants on a panel about internet access. The architect and anthropologist Sénamé Koffi Ag – bodjinou, initiator of the platform “L’Africaine d’architecture” and founder of WoeLab, is speaking at the re:publica Accra about “Future Cities”.
A multifaceted evening programme will also be held to connect artistic perspectives with digital topics and across continents. Presentations will include the internationally renowned artist Kudzanai Chiu-rai from Zimbabwe and a screening of We Live in Silence with a live soundtrack by the award-winning musician M.anifest, who’s been described by The Guardian (UK) amongst others as “the foremost rapper on the continent”.
Andreas Gebhard, co-founder and CEO of re:publica GmbH, says, “The re:publica is an event for digital society. It’s global and thus international! But I say that without wishing to ignore regional differences. How can we work together to shape and design the digital society when regional differences create very different frame-work conditions for it? Whether in Berlin, Los Angeles or Accra, re:publica creates space for dialogue and ex-change between equals. I’m very pleased that we can now create these spaces on three continents.”
Tickets for the re:publica Accra are available for less than 6.50 US-Dollars/33 Ghana Cedi for both days of the conference with our partner eGotickets.
Key partners for republica in Accra include: Impact Hub Accra, Accra Metropolitan Assembly, MESTI, GOETHE Institute, DW TV, Mozilla Foundation, Avance Media, Tech Nova, Citi TV.
Watch Wondaboy’s New Video For Hit Record ‘My Love’
Heavily influenced by his relocation to Accra, ‘My Love’ is Wondaboy’s newest offering to his fans. It’s a tale about how he’s enamoured with a young lady that wants nothing but his love: “She don’t want no Gucci, yeah/She don’t want no Prada/She don’t want designer / Eh, she say na my love, ooh-oh my love-oh-ooh/She say she dey want my love ooh…”.
Listen/download here: https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/wondaboy1/my-love
Programmed by two distant producers; Nigeria’s Denzl and Ghana’s own Slimbo, ‘My Love’ couples the best of both worlds with a wholesome hook that’s super contagious. But the spice doesn’t end there, the soothing piece comes with a vibrant video to match its vibe.
Shot at the OM Studios in Accra, visuals for ‘My Love’ are composed of a series of indoor frames which largely reveal a suave Wondaboy flanked by hotties while seated on his “throne”. Director Eni Baid captured the video which also features some entertaining choreography.
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OUT NOW: Skrew Faze – Reality (Prod. by Kwik Action)
We are happy to announce the release of SKREWFAZE’s New Reggae Single, “REALITY”. The song which talks about the realities of life is meant to showcase the other side of Skrew Faze, the versatility through the passage of time. It was produced by Kwik Action, mixed and mastered by Gomez Beatx.
NOW AVAILABLE On All Digital Platforms. LINKS: http://li.sten.to/skrewfazereality
Top Nigerian Albums and EPs Dropped (so far) in 2020
2020 is looking good for some top Nigerian acts even though the year has been hit by the worldly pandemic, COVID 19. The ever-ending need to serve their fans with good music is what drives these artists to put their music across even in these times. Here are some top artists in Nigeria and albums they released in 2020.
Twice As Tall, Burna Boy – Mixed out on the Grammy but never missing out to serve the world with good music is Nigerian, afro-fusion artist Burna Boy. His latest album Twice as tall which has 15 songs takes into consideration topics of systematic racism, poverty, and rampant miseducation.
Oxygen EP, Oxlade – The debut EP, Oxygen EP, is an introduction to the eclectic sounds of Oxlade. It is a six tracked project
Yellow, Brymo – Alternative musician, Brymo served us Yellow, his seventh studio album which was released independently on April 1, 2020. He describes the album as “love and survival”. Yellow is an alternative pop and electronic record that incorporates elements of a sentimental ballad, trap, sophistic-pop, shoegaze, rock, synth-pop, and folk.
Warriors, 2 Baba – Afrobeats, Afropop, and even reggae are genres you would find in this amazing project. 2 Baba serves his fans with the album Warriors which is a follow-up to his last project Ascension, released in 2014. Warriors feature music heavyweights including Burna Boy, Olamide, Tiwa Savage, Wizkid, AJ, Peruzzi, Syemca, and HI.
The Live Report, M.I, and A-Q – The live Report- a five-day journal is too hot for an EP that started from a twitter chat. The joint EP is a timely study of society and a response to conundrums mixed by M.I, boss of Incredible Music, and put across during Nigeria’s COVID 19 lockdown era.
Apollo, Fireboy DML – Fireboy describes his sophomore album as one that is about evolution, growth, love, and pain. The 17-song album features collaborations with Olamide, Wande Coal, and D Smoke with Pheelz, IamBeatz, P-Prime, and Type-A on production.
Original Copy, Cuppy – The 12-tracked debut album from Cuppy portrays the act of being fearless. She features Stonebwoy and Efya to spice the album up. The whole mentality for the album is what cuppy puts in the phrase “you were born an original, don’t die a copy”.
AfroPop Vol 1, Adekunle Gold – A fusion of several dominant sounds on the African continent, which include Afropop, R&B, electronic, Afrobeats, ragga, Afro-swing, and Afro-bashment. To Adekunle Gold, Afro Pop, Vol. 1 is his freedom and, he took all the risk in making this masterpiece in his voice from sounds from Africa.
THE UPPER WORLD: Daniel Kaluuya Will Produce And Star In The New Netflix Film
Netflix has acquired the film rights to Femi Fadugba’s debut novel The Upper World, which has Queen & Slim’s Daniel Kaluuya attached to produce and star. The YA novel is the first in a planned series of novels. It’s set to be released in the UK via, Penguin UK, in 2021, as well as in the U.S., through HarperCollins, early 2022.
Set in Peckham, London, the story follows Esso, who is caught in a deadly feud and on the verge of expulsion when he realizes he has an unexpected gift: access to a world where he can see glimpses of the past and the future. A generation away, Rhia is walking to football practice in 2035, unaware that the mysterious stranger she’s about to meet desperately needs her help to avert a bullet fired fifteen years ago.
Eric Newman, who brought the book to Netflix, is producing alongside Screen Arcade partner Bryan Unkeless, through their first-look deal at Netflix, and Kaluuya. Fadugba serving as executive producer.
“Femi Fadugba. You may not know his name, but once you’ve read The Upper World you won’t be able to forget it. That’s what happened to me after producer Eric Newman introduced me to the book. I can count on one hand the times I’ve connected with a novel so viscerally. It’s a rare feeling, made even more special when you also have the opportunity to bring such a story to life on film,” said Tendo Nagenda, VP of Netflix Films.
“Films can impact and expand the way people see and experience life. The Upper World will be one of those films. I’m neither from the place nor “time” depicted in the pages of the debut novel of physicist-turned-author Femi Fadugba. However, through staggeringly skilled storytelling, I was taken on a mind-and-heart altering adventure through the book’s characters and experiences.”
Fadugba has a master’s from Oxford University where he published in Quantum Physics and was a Thouron Scholar at UPenn. The Togo-born British-Nigerian has previously written for the Financial Times and Huffington Post. CAA, which reps Fadugba along with Claire Wilson of the RCW Literary Agency, brokered the rights deal with the streamer.
“With Netflix bringing the film adaptation to audiences around the world, I’m excited about the impact the story can have,” said Fadugba. “I’d love to one day see teachers putting the book on their summer reading lists. I’d love to help create a world where when people talk about the new Cardi B, Giggs or C.S song, they mention the ideas in The Upper World as part of the culture as well.”
Kaluuya made a big splash with his breakout role in Jordan Peele’s Get Out, a performance that led to an Oscar nomination, and has since starred in films like Widows, Queen & Slim, and ceiling shattering blockbuster, Black Panther. He’ll next be seen opposite Martin Sheen and LaKeith Stanfield in the drama, Judas and the Black Messiah. Kaluuya is repped by CAA and Management 360.
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