An intergovernmental organization that aims to maintain international peace and security, develop friendly relations among nations; The United Nations is set to premier a 30-minute film entitled “Nations United: Urgent Solutions for Urgent Times” promoting actions to tackle the world’s biggest issues from the COVID-19 pandemic to poverty and inequality.
According to the UN, the film, which is set for broadcast globally, and will premiere on the UN YouTube channel on Sept. 19 at 09:00 EDT (13:00 GMT), sets out the actions needed to build a better world as the coronavirus pandemic threatens global progress to end extreme poverty, achieve gender equality, promote human rights, tackle injustice and address climate change.
Created by the United Nations on its 75th Anniversary and to mark five years since the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, and produced by 72 Films and writer and director Richard Curtis, the film will take audiences on a dynamic exploration of these hard times, the multiple tipping points the planet earth faces, and the interventions that could transform the world over the next 10 years.
It features a performance from Grammy-nominated singer Burna Boy, and a new version of a previous U.N. performance by Beyoncé as well as appearances by education campaigner and U.N. Messenger of Peace Malala Yousafzai, U.N. goodwill ambassadors Cheadle and actress Michelle Yeoh, and UNESCO special peace envoy Forest Whitaker.
U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres and Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed also appear in the film. And the U.N. said Oscar-winning actress Julia Roberts will host a radio broadcast and podcast version of the show.
Press Release: 3 Music Awards Announces Its Annual ‘Women’s Brunch’ Special Show [See Details]
Hosted by the Ladies of the Award’s board in line with he scheme’s social impact campaign to amplify the need for equal representation and inclusion in the entertainment industry, 3 Music Awards have announced its annual Women’s Brunch show to acknowledge and recognize the women who make, enable and amplify Ghana’s music ecosystem.
This year’s edition of the live special show, slated for March 8th, 2021, will award the Music Woman of the Year, the Emerging Woman of the Year, the Most Streamed Female Artiste of the Year, three (3) honorary awards to female arts icons as well as feature exciting performances from Yaa Yaa and Efe Grace, whilst celebrating Ghanaian female artistry in a glitz, high fashion event.
Hosted by Naa Ashorkor and broadcast live on Joy Prime TV and DSTV’s Akwaaba Magic to commemorate International Women’s day from 8:00 PM, the special show will also feature appearances and video message from prominent Ghanaian and African women who will add their voice to call for representation and inclusion for Ghanaian women.
A publication of a list of Top 40 Music Women will precede the live special show on Joy Prime to shine the spotlight on Ghanaian women making a strong case for inclusion via their work as music makers, enablers and amplifiers of Ghanaian Music. The list will be released via the press and video highlights of the personalities on the list will be premiered on the special show.
Loyiso Gola’s Unlearning Set For Global Premiere
On February 22, 2021, South African comedian, Loyiso Gola, made his debut GQ South Africa magazine March / April cover which is currently available at all newsstands and on digital stores. In a conversation with the South African magazine, the comedian revealed that, his comedy special “Unlearning” will have a global premiere on Netflix on March 23, 2021.
Becoming the first African comedian to have a full solo show on the streaming platform, Gola serves up filter-free humor as he riffs about race, identity, politics, and a school prank gone embarrassingly wrong in what is described as the first African Stand Up Original content of the year by the American over-the-top content platform and production company headquartered in California.
However, it is not his first appearance on Netflix. In 2019, he was part of the comedians to the World special. In 2017, Gola debuted his now critically acclaimed one-hour special, “Unlearning” in Edinburgh, then later at London’s Soho Theatre and the Melbourne Comedy Special. Now, Gola is bringing “Unlearning” to his hometown, Cape Town, filmed at the famed Zeits Mocca, which will debut on Netflix globally.
Unlearning made its debut in 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland, before embarking on a worldwide tour.
“The special communicates grand ideas, which is what art is: an artist uses a framework or method to express an idea. When you read about artwork you get to understand that. So, the special first into that. I’m trying to communicate ideas with which I’ve grappled. I consider ‘Unlearning’ as a special piece of art.”
“I’ve been doing stand-up for 20 years since I was 17 years old. I’ve always maintained I have to be honest with myself. I don’t talk about what I think will be funny; I talk about what I find funny. I have peculiar ideas when it comes to my comedy. Then, I think about how I can make it accessible to an ordinary human being, I communicate the crazy idea of unlearning but everyone gets it.”
Gola TOLD THE MAGAZINE
GQ South Africa‘s March/April 2021 issue is on sale now. Head over to GQ South Africa’s website for more information about the issue.
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Know Who Won What At The 14th Edition Of The 2021 Headies
The 14th edition of Nigeria’s premiere music award show, The Headies was held on the 21st of February, 2021 via virtual and live media due to COVID-19 restrictions. Hosted by comedian Bovi alongside media personality and model, Nancy Isime, the coveted annual music awards was organised in all forms of glitz and glamour at the Eko Hotels and Suites in Lagos, Nigeria.
A great part of the show had been pre-recorded and the live event which happened yesterday featured the nominees who graced the event in pomp and pageantry. The red carpet began at 5 pm while the main event belatedly commenced in the latter minutes of 9 pm.
The show was attended by a lot of Nigerian celebrities like Wizkid, 2baba, Sound Sultan, Fireboy, Idia Aisien, AY, AQ, iLLBliss, Bad Boy Timz, Omah Lay, Mayorkun and more. Some artists who were expected to be at the ceremony for reasons not explained did not show up. But in all the show was a success with Fireboy walking away with the most wins. Wizkid, Joeboy, Master KG, Bad Boy Timz and other Nigerian stars scored wins. The were also captivating performances from Fireboy, DJ Neptune, Joeboy, Laycon and other artists.
The award show started in 2016 and was initially focused on Nigeria’s hip-hop scene. As time went on, more music genres and categories like the ‘Best Songwriter of the Year’ were added to recognize and appreciate the works of artists in the music industry. One can say that the award heraled by Ayo Animashaun and his company, Hip Hop World are putting in a lot of effort to make the Headies a stand-out awards ceremony.
Below is the full list of winners.
Best R&B Single
Best Recording of The Year
Best Music Video of The Year
1 Milli – Davido By Director K
Producer of The Year
Pheelz – Billionaire by Teni
Best Vocal Performance (Female)
Niniola – Addicted
Best Vocal Performance (Male)
Praiz – Under The Sky
Best Street Hop Artiste
Mayorkun – Geng
Rookie of The Year
Bad Boy Tims – MJ
Best Pop Single
Nobody – DJ Neptune feat Joe Boy and Mr Eazi
Ladipoe and Simi – Know you
Best Alternative song
Moelogo – I wonder
Best Rap Single
Falz – Bop Daddy feat. MS Banks
Best R&B Album
Fireboy DML – Tears, laughter and goosebumps
Best Alternative Album
Roots – The Cavemen
Viewers Choice Award
Songwriter of the Year
Simi – Duduke
Best Pop Award
Fireboy – Apollo
Lyricist on The Roll
Ilbliss Goretti – Country
African Artiste Recognition Award
Best Rap Album
God’s Engineering – AQ
Song of The Year
Nobody- DJ Neptune feat. Joeboy and Mr Eazi
Artiste of The Year
“Comedy Needs A Well Recognized Award Show,” Sydney Talker And Nasty Blaq Cry Out Loud
Nigerian comedians are calling on stakeholders and organizers to invest and setup an award-scheme that will genuinly recognize the effort of entertainers whose act are designed to make an audience laugh. It is believed that, one of the major drives of Nigerian music industry are the awards. If rewards are attached to the quality of our comedy, a lot will change.
In a simaulteneous tweet shared via Twitter, Instagram Comic Actor and Brand Influencer, Sydney ‘Egere’ Talker said, “Comedy needs a well recognized award show.” Nasty Blaq also wrote, “The same energy we are giving to music in this country let’s give it to comedy too ….”
These young talents have defined how instrumental comedians are to the success story of the art/entertainment. Much so that most of them have used their talents to bring smiles to the faces of millions of Nigerians and added their voices the social issues. As a result of this, these comedians have crossed over from making hilarious skits on the internet to the real stage. They also crontibute to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
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