Mi Casa has collaborated with Berlin-based production duo YouNotUs to bring us the long-awaited tribute to living well, “Chucks,” from their 2020 ‘We Made It’ album.
After the huge success of their smash hit “Mamela,” the South African band returns with their first international collaboration since signing their international record deal with Afroforce1 Records/Universal Music Group.
“Chucks” has been earmarked as an important song from the album from the start, waiting for the right moment to bring some of that Mi Casa spirit back into the party vibes. And the YouNotUs collaboration is a dancefloor’s dream.
J’Something, the frontman of Mi Casa, has always had a soft spot for the song. “It’s about making the most of every single moment because the future isn’t a given – all we have is right now and that time needs to be lived,” he says.
Having the opportunity to collaborate with international, multi-platinum EDM frontrunners YouNotUs exemplifies Mi Casa’s musical ambition.
“Adding the YouNotUs touch to “Chucks” completely transformed it, and we can’t wait to see how it lifts people’s spirits and hopefully lands on fertile soil,” J’Something adds.
Fortunately, thanks to technology, the two acts were able to collaborate completely remotely during lockdown, and working with the Mi Casa track brought out all of the summer feelings in the Berlin-based act.
“We were inspired by the longing for warm summer nights spent partying during the production. We believe this song will transport us back to summer and a more carefree era,” YouNotUs’ Tobias and Gregor state.
While “Chucks” is a spring release in Europe, it captures Africa’s magical summertime, dragging out some good times as life returns to normal in venues and on dancefloors across the country.
“Chucks” will be released on March 26th in Europe, South Africa, and parts of the African continent, with the video following two weeks later. YouNotUs will be flying out to Namibia to film the video alongside Mi Casa.
Top 20 Best African Songs 2021
The year 2021 has been a fantastic one for African musicians and the music business in general. This is the year that Wizkid’s Essence charted in the top 50 of Billboard’s top 100 and also featured on Obama’s 2021 Playlist. Ruger, a Nigerian breakout musician, got the globe bouncing with his song “Bounce,” which became a global hit, and if you’re in Nairobi, or really anywhere in Africa, you’ve probably heard Tanzania’s Zuchu’s song “Sukari,” which has over 59 million views on YouTube as of this writing, making it one of the year’s most popular videos. As the year draws to a close, these are the finest African songs of 2021. (more…)
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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