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WIZKID AND BURNA BOY TO HEADLINE THE ‘LOST IN RIDDIM’ FESTIVAL IN CALIFORNIA

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Lost in Riddim, a new Afrobeats/dancehall/reggae music festival, has been announced by the producers of the R&B event Sol Blume, now that the world is once again open. The first event’s tickets will go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. www.LostInRiddim.com, PT The event will premiere in downtown Sacramento, California on October 2nd and 3rd.

WizKid and Burna Boy will headline the new event, which aims to become an annual weekend celebration of African music and black culture. Mr Eazi, Rotimi, Rema, Tiwa Savage, Koffee, Fireboy DML, and Tems are among the other performers.

“We established this event to not only showcase some of the world’s most popular worldwide music acts, many of whom have been missed by big US music festivals, but also to offer a one-of-a-kind celebration of African culture. In a joint statement, Festival Co-Founders Fornati Kumeh and Jehu “Manny” Hunter said, “The team can’t wait to shortly premiere a completely new festival-going experience in Sacramento this Fall.” “It was also a no-brainer to throw Lost In Riddim in Sacramento since not only is it our hometown, but our previous festival, Sol Blume, has helped us lay the infrastructure for us to expand locally and introduce a second idea this fall.”

Tickets for the two-day GA event are on sale now at www.LostInRiddim.com for $140. For $350, weekend VIP passes are also available. Interested patrons are advised to get tickets as soon as possible, since prices will continue to rise as the festival dates approach, and the festival, like Sol Blume, is likely to sell out in advance.

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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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