Friday 20 April 2018
(The Reporter 05/13/13)
Lucy is a name associated with a great discovery. When an American paleontologist, Donald Johanson, discovered one of the most ancient fossils called Lucy in November 1974 at the site of Hadar, in the Afar region of Ethiopia, the world celebrated the news – the find of a potential answer to the cradle of human kind. Paleontologists say Lucy is one of the best-preserved skeletons of erect-walking hominid ever found and remains the benchmark against which all human ancestor fossils are judged. Many still endure the harsh weather of the area where the Great Rift Valley of Eastern Africa is uniquely situated to create and preserve fossils. Making Ethiopia the cradle of humankind, all the world’s humanity traces its roots...
(Swazi Observer 05/13/13)
Nhlangano Country Club bar lady Sakhile Shabangu joined the Miss Cultural Heritage finalists. Shabangu was found cleaning in the morning but when she saw that the auditions would be held at the venue, she abandoned her employment duties and joined the eliminations. She made it clear to the organisers that she was interested in taking part in the contest. She was allowed to go through the elimination processes. Fortunately, Shabangu made it to the top five. After the eliminations, she expressed her excitement, adding that she hoped of making it to the top three. All in all, five girls participated in the Shiselweni region’s Miss Cultural Heritage eliminations. The five ultimately made it to the final list. They are Lindokuhle...
(Swazi Observer 05/13/13)
The ambience and energy of the Mantenga Cultural Village was the ideal venue for MultiChoice Swaziland’s Africa Day celebrations. The venue which is a museum of old traditions and represents a classical Swazi lifestyle during the 1850s tied in well with the theme for the event as MultiChoice Swaziland joined the rest of the continent to celebrate home-grown programming and African content on its Dstv bouquet. With Africa Day falling on May 25, MultiChoice Swaziland hosted its pre-celebrations on Saturday at the venue to also recognise May as Africa month on DStv. The highlight of the event was a traditional dance performance by Ligugu Lemaswati Dance Troupe which managed to lure even tourists to the celebrations. In her remarks, MultiChoice...
(Ahram Online 05/13/13)
7 days in office, Culture Minister Abdel-Aziz sacks Egypt's book organisation director Ahmed Megahed; Intellectuals resign from their posts and egg his car, decrying it as Brotherhood move to kill cultural life. Egypt’s new Culture Minister Alaa Abdel-Aziz sacked the head of the General Egyptian Book Organisation (GEBO) Ahmed Megahed on Sunday without explanation, outraging intellectuals and writers. GEBO members already resist the new minister – appointed in a presidential cabinet reshuffle on 7 May – since they consider him the Muslim Brotherhood’s Trojan horse inside the ministry. Ahmed Megahed details to Ahram Online that he went to his office on Sunday morning as usual and found the decision on his desk, so he left. "Neither the minister nor his...
(24 Tanzania 05/13/13)
Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda has said they are working with stakeholders to tighten the copyright law that would check piracy of artistes’ work. Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda. He was speaking here on Sunday when receiving a procession of local artistes at Nyerere Square where Clouds Media Group launched a new programme called ‘Twenzetu, made in Tanzania’ that sensitizes Tanzanians to support local artistes through buying and using their original work. He paid tribute to the initiative, noting that art was one way of creating employment and asked them to go for the opportunity “We will also work on the issue of stickers through liasing with BASATA and COSATA,” he said. The premier said he would also join them in the...
(News Day 05/13/13)
EMGANWINI suburb-based Inkazimulo Arts has come up with a new HIV and Aids awareness play titled Orlando- Sophephelaphi. The play has been showcased at Amakhosi Cultural Centre as part of the Plays on Sunday programme. The arts group is made up of students drawn from Emganwini Secondary School. Orlando-Sophephelaphi is about two brothers who leave Zimbabwe for greener pastures in South Africa. While in that country, one of them dies of HIV and Aids while Orlando (played by Sanele Mpofu) survives, but becomes very sick also because of HIV complications and later dies in Zimbabwe. “The story is an adaptation of real life events. Something similar happened in a family that I know. Only some aspects of the story were...
(City Press 05/13/13)
The other ‘Mama Afrika’ To Miriam Makeba she was ‘my baby’, to Hugh Masekela ‘my mad niece’ and to fans she’s the ‘Princess of Africa’. She’s been topping the charts for 28 years,with 22 award-winning albums and a string of gold and platinum hits, including the iconic Umqombothi, which she’s sung all over Africa and abroad. She pioneered ‘bubblegum’ pop, too, which later made Brenda Fassie a star. Yvonne Machaka from Dobsonville, Soweto, was the first black child to appear on local television, as part of the talent show Sugar Shack in 1981. Fast-forward to December 2012, and she was the first woman to receive the World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award for artists who improve the world through their work...
(Swazi Observer 05/10/13)
Thanks to yesterday’s holiday, the weekend sure rolled in quickly. It’s that time of the week once again and with that, get into party mode. Although we are well into the month of May and there isn’t much happening, some relaxation will do all of us some good. Hit the clubs and have some good old fashioned fun. Fortunately, we are here to point you in the right direction. Browse through the guide to see where the party is at this weekend. TONIGHT Girls Friday Night Out feat. Stitch, Peace, Ice @ Club Babylon Round up your girls and head out to the venue (formerly known as Club Le Zone) for a Girls Friday Night Out session featuring DJs Stitch,...
(In2 East Africa 05/08/13)
Ugandan singer Martin Angume has finally breathed his last from Mulago Hospital where he has been battling a number of ailments. Angume came to fame in early 2000s with songs like gear, switch among others and won many music lovers’ hearts for his fluent Luganda despite not being one. Angume has been bed-ridden for about a month with Kidney, Liver and Lung complications. According to sources from Mulago, Angume died Monday afternoon. One of his his wife Juliet Ssemuga who saw him breathe his last could not talk to the press as she had lost her consciousness. Angume’s death comes just three days after the entertainment world was shocked by the death of celebrated city DJ Moses Nsereko better known...
(The Herald Online 05/08/13)
Barefeet Theatre Company, a Zambian dance group, has hailed the Harare International Festival of the Arts for supporting the arts sector. The 12-member group debuted at the just ended festival where they showcased their scintillating moves on the Coca-Cola Green stage. They performed Zambian traditional dances ranging from Nyakasanga, Linos and acrobatics among others. Their drum beating technique caused a stir at Hifa while their attire resembling the Zambian national flag dazzled many. Gift Chanza, a group member, said Zimbabwe was a blessed country. “What a wonderful and successful festival it was! I congratulate and thank the organisers for a job well done. They gave us an opportunity to shine. Zimbabwe is a blessed country as the Government fully supports...
(Sierra Express media 05/07/13)
Kololo Entertainment Group proudly presents ” Tribute to Bob Marley ” in Freetown Sierra Leone featuring direct from Ghana the King of Azonto music SARKODIE along with African reggae star JAY ARR, FAMOUS, M2, ALONZO, MASTER 2T HAFFNER, COAST TO COAST, RHAGE , RIVE NILE , BREEZE, BOSCA BANKS and more on Saturday May 11th, at the National Sports Stadium. Sarkodie’s iconic and breath-taking stage presence has enabled him to perform on platforms with notable international acts including Chipmunk, T- Pain, Trey Songz, Mavado amongst others. As a trend setting and inventive artist, Sarkodie won the 2012 BET best International act; Africa and also features on the 2012 BET hip- hop awards cypher further solidifies him as one of the...
(Redpepper 05/07/13)
Nuwaine is one of the upcoming artistes in town. The focused ‘Waine’ who says he has loved music since his childhood has managed to record an album Titled,”Niinye”meaning ‘Am the One’.Waine Spoke to Red Pepper Online’s Isaac Muhumure.and Here Are the Excerpts. RP.Who is Nuwaine? Waine: I am Nuwaine Bosco Karabamu from western Uganda, I went to Uganda Christian University and graduated with Bachelors of Industrial Art .I love art and music. When I am not doing music,I am painting. RP.What is your Music Genre? Waine.R&B and Afro beat. I do this in Runyaflo and English. I love singing In my mother tongue which is Runyankole because I am one, and it leaves me Proud promoting my language and culture...
(Swazi Observer 05/07/13)
Local artist Gcebile Dlamini, who is also a member of Spirit Indigenous was on Saturday arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. Dlamini (31) appeared before Magistrate Ndumiso Shongwe yesterday. She was arrested near Manzana on Saturday and was charged with contravening the Road Traffic Act in that she drove an Opel Corsa along Sozisa road whilst under the influence of alcohol or intoxicating liquor or drug with narcotic effect. She was also charged with using a mobile phone whilst it was not affixed into a hands free gadget. She pleaded guilty to all the charges. Her alcohol content was 0.85mg/l. “I drank the day before I was arrested your worship and unfortunately drove early in the morning. I...
(Swazi Observer 05/06/13)
The first Miss Cultural Heritage regional eliminations were held at the Ubombo Country Club on Saturday. Seven girls came through for the eliminations. The number was narrowed down to five girls, who made it through to the next phase of the contest. The five girls to represent the Lubombo region during the contest’s finals are Tandzile Mthupha, Nontsikelelo Dlamini, Nothando Dlamini, Nosimilo Khumalo and Nontsikelelo Gamedze. The auditions began as early as 8am with registration and the eliminations were held at 11am. During the audition process, the girls introduced themselves to the judges who included, the Pageant Director Noncedo Mbambo and Ngeti Zwane before responding to questions about traditional Swazi food and its preparation. Some of the questions were relatively...
(ZimEye 05/06/13)
The just ended Harare International Festival of Arts left an indelible ink-mark on people’s minds as people were left crying for more. What began looking like a shallow, seeming poorly attended show turned out to be the actually opposite: pure glitter, music, tingle, dance and colourful jitter which included non stop original slamming from bands such as the London based Shingai Shonhiwa’s band the Noisettes who gave the show a unique side polish. The Noisettes were accompanied by top songbirds, Hope Masike, and Tariro neGitare. ZimEye caught up with Tariro neGitare in Harare and were given the below rare exclusive interview. Simbarashe Chikanza: Your performance at HIFA with Shingai Shonhiwa, Chi and Hope Masike was doubtlessly exceptional. But our readers...
(News Day 05/06/13)
Norway-based musician Busi Ncube and Edith WeUtonga Katijin on Saturday staged a magical performance at Harare International Festival of the Arts Lays Global stage. Performing at a completely sold out venue that saw scores of fans thronging the stage, the two literally set the house on fire. They showcased a true version of collaborative performance where the band performed superbly. Ncube and WeUtonga took turns leading various songs, complementing each other in a way that left fans on their feet dancing all the way. Ncube’s Shosholoza literally brought the house on fire. It cajoled the fans with WeUtonga making the bass guitar roar. WeUtonga took her turn in leading the song Mukaranga off her album Utonga, receiving an overwhelming response...
(Swazi Observer 05/03/13)
TODAY the world comes together to commemorate World Press Freedom Day, bring together a cocktail of sad tales about the assassination of a free press the world over. In Swaziland, journalists and other stakeholders hope to attract public sympathy by, among other things, taking a walk from the city park in Mbabane to the government offices, where some atrocities on a free media are cooked. Journalists in Swaziland have nothing to celebrate. Apart from the JMC media awards their work has not enjoyed any recognition but instead has been watered down by a host of hostile legislation and institutional persecution through the assistance of the courts as evidenced by the number and outcome of cases against journalists or publications. These...
(Allafrica 05/03/13)
The Gambia Collecting Society will start to collect and distribute royalties for Gambian artistes, says Fatou Mass Jobe-Njie, the minister of Tourism and Culture on Tuesday at the inaugural congress of The Gambia Collecting Society held at the Kairaba Beach Hotel, Kololi. She stated that the cusp of realizings the long awaited dream of establishing a royalty collection mechanism in The Gambia was stipulated in the Copyright Act. Madam Jobe Njie noted that the task has been challenging but interesting, citing the enactment of a new copyright law by Government in 2004 and the setting up of a Copyright office under the National Center for Arts and Culture (NCAC) in 2008. She added that these efforts plus the various stakeholders'...
(The Times of Nigeria 05/03/13)
Unpunished, deadly violence continues to plague the press globally and has notably increased in Nigeria, according to the 2013 Impunity Index, the Committee to Protect Journalists' annual ranking of countries where journalists are murdered regularly and their killers go free. "In countries where authorities fail to deliver justice in the killing of journalists, the result is more killings, while journalists try to survive by exercising self-censorship," said CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon. "Nigeria's entry on the index suggests that violence is beginning to limit coverage of crucial issues, posing a grave threat to the country's democracy. The government must exert the necessary political will to solve these crimes." Nigeria appears on the index-published to mark World Press Freedom Day on...
(Allafrica 04/24/13)
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has stressed the need for the promotion of cultural exchanges between Liberia and China. According to President Johnson-Sirleaf, cultural exchanges between the two countries will foster a stronger bond of friendship between the two countries. The Liberian leader made these comments recently at a one-day Cultural Festival organized by the Zhejiang Normal University (ZNU) Art Troupe with support from the Chinese Embassy in Liberia and the Confucius Institute (CI) in China has ended in Monrovia with the one-day Cultural Festival was held at the Monrovian City Hall under the theme: "The China-Africa Connection." The one-day Cultural Festival was marked by Chinese tradition dances, folks' music, martial arts performances and African-China mix music dances. It was attended by...

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