Cassper Nyovest’s sixth studio album, Sweet and Short, is a follow-up to his fourth studio album, released in 2018. The South African hip-hop superstar explores amapiano in his new album, something he first did on Sweet and Short.
Cassper Nyovest was one of the first South African hip-hop musicians to include amapiano into his music, a trend that has resulted in a slew of South African hip-hop hits. More about that can be found here.
In the album’s notes on Apple Music, the rapper explains:
“This is an experimental project where I’m taking an authentic South African sound and having fun. I’ve always been about authenticity, so this is right in my lane.”
Sweet and Short 2.0, like most amapiano albums, is heavy on features, with appearances from genre heavyweights like Lady Du, Abidoza, Boohle, Kammu Dee, DJ Sumbody, and others.
“Abidoza and I started making music, then heard other people’s voices on these songs. We would play them all the music we had and they’d pick the songs they wanted to be on. That’s why I love amapiano so much—collaboration is so important to the genre,” the emcee who has since adopted the nickname Don Billiano, told Apple Music.
Sweet and Short 2.0 includes the singles “Amanumber Ayi 10”, “Angisho Guys” and “Siyathandana”.
Sweet and Short 2.0 follows the emcee’s fifth studio album A.M.N (Any Minute Now) released last year. The prolific rapper has released an album annually since his 2014 debut Tsholofelo, skipping the year 2016.
Stream Sweet and Short 2.0 on Apple Music, Spotify and everywhere else.
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Netflix and UNESCO Are Looking For The Next Generation of African Filmmakers
Netflix and UNESCO have teamed up to establish an innovative short film competition in Sub-Saharan Africa called “African Folktales, Reimagined.” The competition’s winners will receive industry training and mentoring, as well as a US$75,000 production budget, to create short films that will premiere on Netflix in 2022 as a “Anthology of African Folktales.”
One of the competition’s main goals is to find fresh perspectives and provide young filmmakers from Sub-Saharan Africa global exposure. We want to identify the most daring, witty, and surprising retellings of some of Africa’s most beloved folktales and share them with entertainment enthusiasts in over 190 countries across the world.
It is important that the film sector acts to ensure the voices of Africa are heard, by supporting the emergence of diverse cultural expressions, putting forth new ideas and emotions, and creating opportunities for creators to contribute to global dialogue for peace, culture and development.
Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director-General
The tournament, which will be run by Dalberg, will run from October 14th until November 14th, 2021. Each of the six winners will get a US$75,000 production grant (via a local production firm) to create, shoot, and post-produce their films with the help of Netflix and industry mentors, ensuring that everyone engaged in the production is fairly compensated. In addition, each of the six winners will get a cash prize of $25,000 apiece.
Both UNESCO and Netflix agree on the importance of promoting and sharing varied local stories with the rest of the globe. They recognize that many aspiring filmmakers struggle to get the resources and exposure they need to fully realize their potential and advance their creative careers. This competition aims to address these difficulties and provide a platform for African storytellers to showcase their work to a worldwide audience.
This alliance will also assist to create long-term jobs and stimulate economic growth, contributing to the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, a set of goals aimed at ending global poverty in all of its forms by the end of this decade. This film festival will also contribute to the reduction of disparities by allowing access to global markets and ensuring decent working conditions. All of these are important targets for the 2030 Agenda.
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