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Idris Elba To Host Africa Day Benefit Concert At Home

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Thursday, May 21, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – Hollywood leading man Idris Elba is set to host a virtually produced Africa Day benefit concert to air on local television and across the world next Monday. The Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom actor, who recently recovered from Covid-19 after testing positive in March, will headline The Africa Day Benefit Concert At Home.

The event aims to raise awareness in support of health and food needs of children and families affected by the Covid-19 pandemic on the African continent. The two-hour special will be streamed and broadcast around the globe on MTV channels and the MTV Base Africa YouTube channel.

The star-studded musician line-up curated for the benefit concert features South African artists Sho Madjozi, AKA and Nasty C. Nigerian music stars Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade and Teni will also perform. Legendary Grammy-winning singer Angelique Kidjo, StoneBwoy from Ghana, Tanzanian musician Diamond Platnumz, Congolese star Fally Ipupa and Kenyan Afro-pop group Sauti Sol complete the line-up.

Africa Day is a celebration of the successes of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU now the AU) from its creation on May 25, 1963, in the fight against colonialism. Different countries in Africa, as well as around the world celebrate the day annually.

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Thebe Magugu Up For 2021 International Woolmark Prize

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South African multi award-winning fashion mogul, Thebe Magugu, will be contesting against five other fashionistas from around the world, including Nigerian designer, Kenneth Ize, after been announced as one of six finalists in the 2021 International Woolmark Prize reportedly worth over two million Rand (approximately USD 131 140).

Magugu reportedly currently produces his garments locally as part of his own socio-economic responsibility. The International Woolmark Prize might boost productions as finalists have the opportunity for their designs to be picked up by international brands.

The other four top finalists are Bethany Williams and Matty Bovan from the UK, Marie-Eve Lecavalier from Canada and Charaf Tajer from France. The six finalists were selected from 380 applications across 55 countries. Former supermodel, Naomi Campbell, was part of the selection committee. Winners will be announced early next year.

Magugu won the highly acclaimed 2019 LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy) award and made history as the first African to do so.

The Woolmark Prize judging panel includes educator, writer and activist Sinéad Burke, Garage magazine fashion director Gabriella Karefa-Johnson, talent scout the and BoF editor-at-large Tim Blanks. Each designer has to create a Merino wool collection under the theme “Less Is More,” which will be reviewed by the judges in February 2021.

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Zimbabwean Comedian, Munya Chawawa, Signs A Record Deal With Atlantic Records – UK

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Zimbabwean-born UK-based comedian, Munya Chawawa, has signed a remunerative deal with Atlantic Records – UK. “I’ve signed to Atlantic Records! Two years of sketches, one Fire in the Booth and a few middle class bars later and here we are! Thank you for supporting my parodies & sharing my sketches, I’m so grateful and deffo cracking open a Shloer tonight. @AtlanticRcrdsUK”, according to his announcement video post on Twitter.

A master of comedy with puns that will have you in stitches, Munya Chawawa has become one of the most promising young comedians to come from the social space. Chawawa developed a plethora of nuanced personalities consumers love to watch. From the infamous newsreader, Barty Crease to the UK’s first posh drill rapper – Unknown P and chef Jamie Oliver’s ‘Caribbean cousin’ Johnny Oliver, his satirical and self-produced videos have led to an impressive roster of characters and many viral moments.

Unknown P is the UK’s first posh drill rapper who clearly lives in his own world. Chawawa uses satire to highlight Britain’s subtle racism, for example, the British media’s watered down reportage of Black Lives Matter, the coronavirus pandemic, classism and other domestic issues. The 27-year-old’s sketches gained even more popularity during the global coronavirus lockdown when comedic relief was certainly a reprieve for many.

By signing with Atlantic he becomes label-mates with the likes of Stormzy, Burna Boy, Cardi B, Lizzo and Ed Sheeran

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Akel Adjudged ‘Best Female DJ’ Of The Year At Ghana DJ Awards – 2020

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The winners of the eighth annual Ghana DJ Awards were announced in Accra on 21 November. The event happened at the Silver Star Towers and had massive industry personalities in the entertainment sector representation.

DJ Akel was the winner for the Best Female DJ of the Year 2020 at the Ghana DJ Awards. In the category were DJ Nyce, Dj Prytty, DJ MJ, DJ Switch, The Mask DJ, DJ Jay Jay and in the end DJ Akel emerged the winner. She was a nominee for last year’s event as well but wasn’t able to win. Finally this year was her chance and she grabbed it.

DJ Akel is known as Emmanuella Akelentugna Afulani by birth. She is a graduate of University of Professional Studies. She has worked with A1 Radio in Bolgatanga, Onua Fm and 3Fm here in Accra. She also worked with Kwese Tv as a DJ for Home Run and Arena which were live tv shows.

Get familiar with her on her socials
Instagram @dj_akel, Facebook Dj Akel and Twitter @DJ_Akel

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Kahpun Leaves An Experience At His 2nd Successful Virtual Concert, Powered By Hunta Productions

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Cape Coast must be very blessed to have the likes of Kahpun still pushing his music craft across all corners. He has successfully held another historic virtual concert over the weekend in his hometown (Cape Coast).

His first virtual concert done in Accra on August 15, 2020 with Eno Barony, AK Songstress, Lord Morgan as guest appearances; it pulled a plausible feat, courtesy, Joy Prime TV.

As a way of supporting his fellow artistes back home, Kahpun pulled along some of his contemporaries like Orkortor Perry, Kojo Vypa, Jungle Boss, Boggy Wenzday, Yaw Blvck, Saa Boy No, Isaac Crentsil, Papa Gyetey, among others. Ayesem was a special guest on the tall list of performers in Kahpun’s set for Cape Coast.

Kahpun performed his songs back to back for over 90 minutes with live band.

“Election Time”, his latest release was not left out of the catalogue! A song he did recently to caution Ghanaians and electorates ahead of the December 7th Presidential and Parliamentary Elections to be wary of politicians who would come to them with sugar-coated words just to get votes and deceive them again.

Watch “Election Time” by Kahpun here on Youtube:

Kahpun has had a colorful year with at least 5 solid releases with 2 international features with Anthony B (Jamaica) and Stonebwoy (Ghana), respectively.

Darling FM in Cape Coast partnered with Hunta Productions UK to publicize the event via their radio network to online platforms.

Kindly follow him on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter @KahpunHHA. Below are some images from his performance.

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