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LABAF2019 – ART STAMPEDE @Food Court

Every edition of the Lagos Book and Art Festival (LABAF) is not complete without an ART STAMPEDE where stakeholders dwell on issues or a particular industry policy that affects them. This year is no different and what is on the table for discussion is around the theme: State Actors and The Return of The Book. It promises to be an interesting and educative discussion.

Date: Sunday, Nov 10, 2019

Time: 4:30 pm

Venue: Food Court, Freedom Park, Lagos

Don’t miss #Labaf2019

African Publishing Innovation fund grants $170,000 to 7 African publishing projects

Five innovative African projects have each won a $20,000 grant, while a library restoration initiative is to receive $50,000 and $20,000 to be allocated to Rural library restoration from the Africa Publishing Innovation Fund, created by the International Publishers Association and development organization Dubai Cares for activities to promote literacy, book access, indigenous languages, and library restoration in Africa.

The remaining six winning bids for a share of the Africa Publishing Innovation Fund were selected after a rigorous process led by a committee of African publishers under the chairmanship of IPA Vice-President, Bodour Al Qasimi.

These are the first grants to be disbursed under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in May 2019 between Dubai Cares, part of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, and the International Publishers Association (IPA), the world’s largest trade association for publishers.

Consequently, the following projects (in alphabetical order) can start from January 2020:

Accord Literary (Ghana), an authorship and reading initiative, will mentor, develop and encourage African authors in a number of countries writing for young readers. Accord Literary seeks original and unique voices, and to help get their books into the hands of readers around the world.

Cassava Republic (Nigeria), a publishing house, will produce and translate 10 children’s books into three Nigerian languages. The aim is to give children access to beautiful, illustrated pictures in their native tongue, to aid cognitive development and instil cultural confidence at an early age. Independent publisher Cassava Republic wants to create a special imprint for local language publishing.

OkadaBooks (Nigeria), an e-publishing start-up, will drive literacy by giving teachers, students and parents free access to books their children can relate to via mobile phones, which are widespread and affordable. OkadaBooks will generate and distribute Nigerian content, identifying new talent through writing competitions.

Positively African (Kenya), a content-creation and literary events company, will invest the money in the Story Jukebox, to make African literature accessible, encourage lifelong learning and help connect communities. It will distribute audio stories Africa-wide via digital platforms and partnerships with universities and centres for the visually impaired. The first phase will focus on Kenyan writing, with the adaptation of eight stories from the Humans of Nairobi anthology.

Puku Foundation (South Africa), is a nonprofit that promotes children’s literature, education and literacy in Southern Africa. It is building a digital portal called Pukupedia as a hub for multilingual expertise in children’s literature; nurturing new local talent through writing workshops, online courses and mentoring; and developing reading culture among teachers, librarians, writers, literacy activists and young people.

African rural libraries initiative:

Kakuma (Kenya), the world’s largest refugee camp will receive an equal share of the grant to implement libraries for the resident students. Kakuma camp is home to refugees from DRC Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan, Sudan, Somalia and Uganda among others; and the fund will add to the efforts done yearly by other organizations working hard to feed the camp with books and to allowing young children, mature students and teachers to stay up-to-date and knowledgeable about evolving topics and updated knowledge.

Library restoration receives $50,000 + a $10,000 book bonus

Book Bunk, a project to restore the McMillan Memorial Library in Nairobi, has been awarded $50,000 towards work on the library’s Kaloleni branch. In a surprise move, Dubai Cares has also provided an additional $10,000 worth of children’s books to stock the library. Book Bunk works with the Nairobi authorities to encourage community engagement in libraries, through events, walking tours and film screenings.

IPA Vice-President Bodour Al Qasimi said: ‘To have reached this point in five months is phenomenal, and it’s wonderful to see intentions quickly turn to action. This was a demanding process for all concerned, but for none more than the applicants, who have been under considerable pressure to demonstrate the sustainability and scalability of their ideas. The competition was tough, and every single application received had real potential to bring big benefits to literacy, reading or book accessibility in Africa. This is why the committee has awarded five projects an equal share, to ensure these Dubai Cares grants will impact a broad range of issues and countries.’

At the Sharjah International Book Fair Publishers Conference and following the Award ceremony, His Excellency, Dr. Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Cares said: “We are very excited to award the most innovative projects that will have tremendous impact on promoting literacy, book access, indigenous languages and library restoration in the African continent. Through this partnership, Dubai Cares will closely work with IPA for the next four years with a range of local partners, including publishers, policymakers and civil society, to implement innovative and replicable solutions to transform the future of African publishing, promote approaches to longstanding publishing industry challenges and catalyze stakeholder co-investment.”

South African Hip Hop Awards 2019: Full Nominees List

It’s award season across different industries and music is at the forefront of the pack.

The nominees for the 2019 edition of the South African Hip Hop Awards was recently announced ahead of the awards ceremony at the Lyric Theatre in Johannesburg on 20 November.

The artist boasting the most nominations is YoungstaCPT with four, followed by Riky Rick, K.O, Nadia Nakai, Gemini Major, Flame, Big Zulu and DJ Speedsta with three apiece.

Other nominated artists include Sjava and Nasty C who each scooped multiple South African Music Awards at the prestigious ceremony earlier this year.

Voting is based on a combination of judges’ scores (60%) and public votes (40%) in the following five categories: Best Collaboration,
Best Female,
Best Male,
Best Video and
Song of the Year.
Voting is 100% online in the Best Hip Hop Radio Show category.

Below is the full list of nominees:

Song of the Year

‘Supa Dupa’ – K.O
‘Utatakho’ – Yanga Chief
‘Khethile Khethile’ – Kwesta ft. Makwa, Tshego AMG and Thee Legacy
‘You & I’ – Riky Rick ft. Mlindo the Vocalist
‘Right Now’ – Gemini Major ft. Nasty C and Tellaman
‘No Stress’ – DJ Speesta ft. Zoocci Coke Dope, Una Rams and Da L.E.S
‘Hello’ – Beast ft. Sjava
‘Vur Vai’ – Kwesta
‘Ama Million’ – Big Zulu ft. Cassper Nyovest
‘Say You Will’ – K.O ft Nandi Madida
Best Album of the Year

Thank Da King – Kid X
Ungqongqoshe Wongqongqoshe – Big Zulu
Candyman Flame – Candyman
3T – YoungstaCPT
Nadia Naked – Nadia Nakai
Mixtape of the Year

Job Woods – Gigi Lamayne
Never Grow Up – Shane Eagle
BottlebrushStr – DJ Speedsta
Die Dope – Die Mondez & Zoocci Coke Dope
18 Flow – Touchline
Best Male

Kid X
Big Zulu
The Big Hash
Best Female

Nadia Nakai
Gigi Lamayne
DJ of the Year

DJ Speesta
DJ Akio
DJ Zan D
Ms Cosmo
Producer of the Year

Makwa Beats
Gemini Major
Zoocci Coke Dope
Best Collabo

‘You & I’ – Riky Rick ft. Mlindo the Vocalist
‘Right Now’ – Gemini Major ft. Nasty C and Tellaman
‘Right Now’ – DJ Speedsta ft. Zoocci Coke Dope, Una Rams and Da L.E.S
‘Hello’ – Beast ft. Sjava
‘Say You Will’ – K.O ft. Nandi Madida
Lyricist of the Year

Jimmy Wiz
Ginger Trill
Freshman of the Year (Newcomer)

The Big Hash – Young
Flame – CandyMan
Touchline – 18 Flow
Jimmy Wiz – Accordin’ to Jim
PatricKxxLEE – Nowhere Child
MVP/Hustler of the Year

Cassper Nyovest
Nadia Nakai
Nasty C
Riky Rick
Best Video

‘YVR’ – YoungstaCPT
‘Lost Hills’ – Vato Kayde ft. AKA and Gator
‘Supa Dupa’ – K.O
‘Hosh’ – Priddy Ugly ft. Wichi 1080 & YoungstaCPT
‘Sudden’ – Frank Casino ft. Cassper Nyovest and Major League DJz
Best Local Brand

StylaGang Original Designs
Y?Gen Apparel
Best International Brand

Power Play
Castle Lite
Russian Bear Vodka
Promoter of the Year

Pop Bottles
Cotton Fest
The Ivyson Tour
Durban Varsity fest
Fill Up
Best Remix

‘Juju’ (remix) Yanga Chief ft. Kwesta
‘Warrior’(remix) – Zaddy Swag ft. DJ Capital, Touchline, Emtee, PdotO, Ab Crazy, Red Button and Big Star Johnson
‘Ap3x’ (remastered) – Shane Eagle ft. Bas
‘Yeah’ (remix) – DJ D Double ft. AKA, Da L.E.S and YoungstaCPT
‘Culture Vulture’ (remix) – 25k ft. Emtee & AKA
Hennessy Honorary Award

Falko Graffiti Artist
Ubuntu Activism

Best Radio Show

YFM – SA Hip Hop Live
Ukhozi FM – iNumba Numba
Ligwalagwala FM – Hip Hop Parliment
Good Hope FM ­– The Ready D Show
Metro FM – Absolute Hip Hop
Massiv Metro – The Element
Motsweding FM – Motswako wa Hip Hop
Gagazi FM – The Fresh Cut
YFM – The Rodeo
5FM – The Stir Up

Visit the South African Hip Hop Awards official website for more information on voting.

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