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New Official Trailer for South African Western ‘Children of the Storm.’

Children of the Storm Trailer
“Will they survive?” ITN Movies has debuted an official UK trailer for a South African western drama titled Children of the Storm, which originally premiered at the Silwerskerm Film Festival last year. The film’s original title is The Story of Racheltjie De Beer, but that’s only in South Africa because outside of that country no one really knows who Racheltjie De Beer is. Based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Brett Michael Innes. Known as an “Afrikaans tale for all South Africans”, this is inspired by the cherished tale passed down from generation to generation. The beloved tale of a young girl whose sacrifice saved her little brother’s life after the two got lost in a snowstorm in the late 1800s. Starring Zonika de Vries, Stian Bam, Marius Weyers, Sandra Prinsloo, Antoinette Louw, Beate Olwagen, Johannes Jordaan, and Seputla Sebogodi. We don’t hear any dialogue in the trailer because the film is entirely in Afrikaans.

Here’s the first official trailer (+ poster) for Matthys Boshoff’s Children of the Storm, from YouTube:

SA’s ‘Moffie’ opens to rave reviews as it hits UK streaming service

After its successful and much-praised digital release in South Africa, Moffie, has just been released for streaming on Curzon Home Cinema in the UK, where it has been met with an overwhelming positive critical response.

The film was the most watched film on the Curzon Home Cinema platform in its opening weekend.

The South African film received 5-star reviews in The Times and The Irish Times, and major praise in The Guardian (4 stars), The Telegraph (4 stars), Empire Magazine (4 stars) and the Financial Times.

Reviewers are calling the film “a breath-taking piece of cinema” and “horribly evocative.”

The Guardian described director Oliver Hermanus as South Africa’s “most significant auteur in several generations” and renowned writer and critic, Peter Bradshaw, chose the film as this publication’s film of the week.

West Africans take top 3 spots in 2020 AfriMusic Song Contest.

Dhortune ThatOndoBoy came tops with 6.5 points and 315 314 votes. Following in second is fellow Nigerian artist Zinny with 6.5 points and 22 243 votes. Ghana’s EpiqMenz took third with 5.5 points and 255 317 votes. Presss (South Africa) and Crank (Kenya) are in third and fourth place, respectively.

The organisers of the annual competition said that this year’s competition was challenging with entries from 29 African countries and 113 songs competing in the national selections.

“We have seen an amazing global reach, where votes from countries such as Brazil, Mexico, America, Canada, Australia, Russia, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Sweden, France and many more, were received in supported their favourite AfriMusic contestant,” AfriMusic Song Contest co-founder and co-CEO Suzie Vicente said.

AfriMusic Song Contest co-founder and co-CEO Michelle Fernandes said: “This year has been no exception, despite the global restraints the world is currently facing, with the COVID-19 pandemic. Sadly, Eurovision 2020 has been cancelled, along other major events around the world, so plans for AfriMusic in 2020 have be halted. We have a few other announcements to make in the coming weeks, despite the global lockdown and we look forward to sharing them with our fans and partners soon.”

The winner of the pan-African music competition was to receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Rotterdam in the Netherlands, where the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest was planned to take place from 12 to 16 May.

Source: Music In Africa

SA’s Favourite Musicians Come Together For ‘One Love SA’ Charity.

Around the world, musicians have come together to raise money for charitable causes, and last weekend’s One World: Together at Home concert featured heavyweights like the Rolling Stones, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, and Elton John.

There was also some South African flavour, but we were left wanting a little more local spice, which is why we’re stoked to see some of South Africa’s most talented musicians coming together for the One Love SA Live Stream Benefit Concert.

The concert will take place on Thursday night (April 30), starting at 7PM, which makes it the perfect way to celebrate the end of alert level 5.

With the goal of raising money to provide food aid to as many vulnerable families as possible, the One Love SA concert line-up includes:

Jeremy Loops
Zolani Mahola (Freshlyground)
Alice Phoebe Lou
Donovan Copley (Hot Water)
Matthew Field (Beatenberg)
Sean Koch (Sean Koch Trio)
Reinhardt Buhr
Jeremy Olivier (The Voice)

Each artist will share their music, their passion, and what this unprecedented time means to them.

The live stream will be hosted by Rob van Vuuren, and feature some other comedic talent to keep everyone chuckling along the way.

You can buy your ticket through Howler here.

All of the proceeds raised will be donated to four causes that One Love SA is supporting – Operation Hunger SA, COVID-19 People’s Coalition, Feed Our Valley, and SAFE – South African Fund 4 Entertainment.

The aim is to raise R1 million, and there are different tiers of tickets to suit every pocket, including free tickets:

Here’s a little teaser of what awaits on Thursday night, from 7PM:

New musicians are still coming on board, so keep up to speed with the latest on the event’s Facebook page, where you’ll also find information on where to watch the concert live.

You can also check out One Love SA’s Facebook page for more info on the event, and the charitable causes it supports.

Thursday, April 30, 7PM – get ready to boogie for charity.

WanaWana’s Introduces New Poetry Album titled, “Transcendence”

Multi-disciplinary artist, Wana Udobang also known as WanaWana has announced the release of her latest body of work “Transcendence” a poetry album that fuses music and spoken word.

The poetry album features 11 tracks that play like a semi audio-biography that taps into the soul of the listener.

On the process of creating the album, Udobang said:

I have always said that poetry for me is prayer, affirmation, incantation, song, worship, healing, and a lifeline. Art for me is the closest thing to divine.
And I truly mean it when I say that.
I poured all of myself into this body of work and I am as petrified as I am proud of sharing it with you. I hope that you can enjoy it as much as we did creating it. I present to you Transcendence. So please feast.

None of this work would have been possible without the incredible and outstanding musicianship of @femi.leye. Femi took on this project like it belonged to him forfeiting sleep and family time of which I will continue to be eternally grateful.
To Dare Omisore for his magic touch

Listen to the album on Apple Music

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