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We caught up with Nigerian-based singer, songwriter, and actress, Deborah Oluwaseyi Joshua,] professionally known as Seyi Shay to talk about her new single ‘Koma Roll’ featuring Tanzanian singer Harmonize. The singer also talked about Afrikan music, upcoming collabos, some of her best and most embarrassing moments in her music career, and more.

Following the release of the sultry video “Gimme Love”, multi-talented Nigerian songstress Seyi Shay releases the brand new video for her hit single: “KOMA ROLL” featuring top Tanzanian singer Harmonize popularly known as “Konde Boy”. KOMA ROLL serves an Afropop mix of Nigerian and Tanzanian dance melodies. The up-tempo song is a club banger with an infectious sound that is guaranteed to make you move.
Featuring a set of high-energy troupe of dancers, the video directed by Cardoso Imagery has purely Caribbean dance vibes; from the beach scenes to the florescent-lit rooms and floral outfits. Much like the song, the scenes are very immersive and invite the viewer to join the party. Watch KOMA ROLL on YouTube here This is her first release in East Africa this year and her second collabo with an East African artist. She says,
“I received so much love from my East African family after my last release – “Gimme Love” so I had to drop something special for all of you. I have also wanted to work with Harmonize for a long time as he is such a talented superstar. We vibed so well in the studio while working on this song for our fans, hope you all love it and it gets you dancing.”

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Netflix and UNESCO Are Looking For The Next Generation of African Filmmakers  

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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.

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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.

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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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Afrotape to Focus on it’s Community

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Today marks 3 years since Afrotape was formed. What began as a platform for artists’ services has evolved into a youth brand that will be the leading voice on African culture. It’s been a fascinating and challenging journey, full of invaluable experiences and life lessons that have shaped us into the people we are today. (more…)

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APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN: ANIMATION TRAINING FOR EAST AFRICAN WOMEN

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The Ladima Foundation announced earlier this year a cooperation with Culture and Development East Africa (CDEA) and the Kwetu International Animation Film Festival (KIAFF) to provide training, development, and professional opportunities to women working in the animation industry in East Africa. (more…)

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