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.
BET Awards To Celebrate 2 Decades Virtually On June 29
The BET Awards will move forward with its 2020 edition this year, albeit virtually. Celebrating the network’s 40th anniversary, and the Awards’ 20 years on the air, top stars in black entertainment, sports and philanthropy will appear on Sunday, June 28 via “innovative techniques and artist-generated content,” BET revealed on May 20.
The three-day BET Experience, which has taken place in Los Angeles as a lead-up to the big night, has been called off due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will return in 2021. Refunds are available with the cancelation.
Nominations will be announced on a later date. Overseeing the BET Awards is Connie Orlando, evp specials, music programming and music strategy at BET, who also serves as executive producer along with Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment.
“The BET Awards are a seminal event – the biggest celebration of Black culture, Black accomplishment, Black excellence, and Black potential,” said Scott Mills, president of BET. “Our community, and the many millions who love Black culture, look to the BET Awards for signature moments of enrichment, entertainment and empowerment. Recognizing the unique role the BET Awards plays for so many, and the challenging times we find ourselves in, we know it was more important than ever to deliver the BET Awards in 2020.”
“At BET, we place the health and safety of attendees, staff, vendors, and partners first, which is why the biggest night in black entertainment will go on implementing this innovative production direction,“ added Orlando. “For the past 20 years, The BET Awards have paid homage to all things now and relevant. Despite the challenges of today, we will deliver a show filled with larger than life, inspiring, empowering and entertaining moments, which have shown the magic of our culture for over two decades.”
BET is a subsidiary of ViacomCBS Inc.
M.anifest Shares A Smooth Performance At “Africa Day Benefit Concert At Home”
The whole of Africa stood still as stars from across the continent came together to celebrate Africa Day at a concert put together by MTV Base and YouTube. Introducing M.anifest, the organizers described him as one of the foremost rappers on the continent. He went on to deliver a beautiful performance that generated a lot of positive reactions on social media.
Hosted by actor Idris Elba, with appearances from the Presidents of Rwanda and South Africa as well as lots of global stars including Ludacris, Spike Lee, Yvonne Orji, Omari Hardwick, Sean Paul, Fat Joe and more, the Africa Day Benefit Concert aimed to raise funds for children and families across Africa affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Organizations and individuals who want to contribute to the fundraising can do so through the World Food Programme and UNICEF campaign website uni.cf/Africa.
Stonebwoy Performs At Africa Day At Home Concert
GREATER ACCRA – Monday, May 25, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – “Recognized as Africa’s King of Reggae/Ragga & Dancehall, Black Entertainment (BET) 2015 Best International Act, and Ghana’s very own, Stonebwoy, has sent people all over Africa ‘Strength and Hope’ in these trying times of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) with a passionate performance and a powerful message delivered at the just ended “Africa Day Benefit Concert At Home.”
The multiple award-winning musician and chief executive officer of Burniton Music Group, performed “Strength and Hope,” single extract of his chart topping fourth studio album, “Anloga Junction.” This tune had a top-notch Jamaican record producer and performing artiste, Kabaka Pyramid who dished out a roots riddim for Stonebwoy to ride on. (Stream song here: https://audiomack.com/song/stonebwoy/strengh-home).
With this masterpiece, Stonebwoy comes-in spiritual, speaking directly to his viewers and consumers never to give up but rather hope for better days ahead. The message was apt, as he stated in some part of the lyrics that, in times like this, Africans living on the continent need strength within and strength from God, not the strength from the gym. Prior to his performance, he created awareness and how curb the spread of Covid-19 on the African Continent.
Stream album here: kv-online-talent.lnk.to/AJ20
The Africa Day Benefit Concert At Home was a 2-hour special streamed and broadcast to millions of viewers in Africa and around the world on MTV channels and on the MTV Base Africa YouTube channel. Hosted by Idris Elba, the show brought together a star-studded line up of some of the hottest names Africa has to offer, including Burna Boy, Sho Madjozi, AKA, Diamond Platnumz, Sauti Sol, Yemi Alade, Fally Ipupa, Stonebwoy, Teni, Angelique Kidjo, and many more.
This programming event was aimed at raising funds to help children and families in Africa that are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. All proceeds raised from the benefit concert campaign will be donated to support food and health needs for those most impacted on the continent.
Avance Media partners Woodin & Verna to Release 2020 Top 50 Ghanaian Bloggers Ranking
GREATER ACCRA – Monday, May 25, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – Leading PR and Rating agency in Africa, Avance Media is poised to announce the second edition of its popular list of top Ghanaian Bloggers, dubbed the 2020 Top 50 Ghanaian Bloggers. As part of this year’s release, Avance Media will be partnering Woodin to award the Top 10 Bloggers on the list with special products from the premier fashion brand.
The announcement will be made via WatsUp TV channel which will be aired on Tuesday 26th May, 2020 on EBN Channel at 11 AM and will characterized by a discussion with some of the honouree bloggers. The announcement will also be made via a video broadcast on Social Media by Managing Director of Avance Media, Prince Akpah.
Speaking about the upcoming ranking, core member of the research team, Felix G Korku, intimated that this year’s list will be a true reflection of the hard work of Ghanaian bloggers and their contribution to the development of journalism in Ghana. The 2020 Top 50 Ghanaian Bloggers ranking is supported by Woodin, Verna Natural Mineral Water, McBerry Biscuits, WatsUp TV, Asuavo Security and ICS Africa.
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