Tag: African entertainers in America

Tiwa Savage Pleads With Beyoncé To Speak Up About #EndSARs Movement In Nigeria

Protests have erupted in Nigeria as citizens are calling for an end to police brutality. The “#EndSARS” movement has been reignited in recent months as Nigerians have taken to the streets to protest against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, known as SARS.

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Sarkodie, Fameye and Diana Hamilton win big at Ghana Music Awards-USA

By GhanaWeb

The maiden edition of the Ghana Music Awards-USA (GMA-USA) came off last Saturday, October 10 at the Show Boat Atlantic, New Jersey in a star-studded ceremony which set the standards for future award shows in Ghana.

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‘Americanah’ Drama From Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira Dead at HBO Max

by | Hollywood Reporter

Americanah, the planned limited series starring Lupita Nyong’o and from showrunner and actress Danai Gurira, is no longer moving forward at HBO Max. Sources say Nyong’o had to drop out of the series after running into a scheduling conflict.

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Africa’s Creative Industries Are Ripe for U.S. Investment

BY AUBREY HRUBY | FOREIGN POLICY

When one of Nigeria’s biggest artists, Burna Boy, released his new album, Twice as Tall, in August, it became an instant global success. Burna Boy’s international popularity had skyrocketed the year before with the release of his fourth studio album, African Giant, which garnered the artist his first Grammy nomination and sold out arenas in Europe and North America. 

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‘The Real Africa Has Not Been Shown.’ How Burna Boy Is Using His Voice to Share a New Vision for His Homeland

By Andrew R. Chow  | TIME

“The real Africa has not been shown. For a long time, the world has only seen videos of little kids and their ribs, asking for donations,” Burna Boy says with a bitter laugh. The Nigerian superstar sits in a London studio, sporting a crisp marbled button-down and immaculately coiffed dreadlocks while serenely holding a cup of Hennessy and Coke, presenting a very different image indeed.

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Diamond Platnumz Talks On Breaking Into The U.S. Market

By Christopher A. DANIEL | GRAMMY.com

When Diamond Platnumz exploded onto the African music scene in 2010 with his debut LP, Kamwambie, his sole mission was to be able to buy food for his mother. He didn’t realize that his sound and vision would go on to transform both East African popular music and the heights its regional superstar talent could reach.

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Mannywellz Bridges the Gap Between America & Africa

By Marcus K. Dowling | DJBOOTH

Mannywellz’ skill as a singer and songwriter connects African music to the thriving space where R&B, trap, and mainstream pop converge. The 26-year-old R&B artist, born in Nigeria and based in Laurel, Maryland, is a second-generation musical creative whose style, sound, and inspirations occupy a growing African-led space in American and global popular music.

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Why Netflix is a lifeline for African film-makers

The streaming giant’s ambitious initiative Made By Africa, Watched By the World is a welcome platform for the continent’s overlooked cinematic talent.

By Fred Onyango | The Guardian

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Trevor Noah |Comedy Central celebrates 5 years of South African comedian at the helm of the ‘Daily Show’

by Encomium

When late-night titan Jon Stewart announced that he would step down from The Daily Show there was much speculation about who would take his spot. The biggest names in American comedy were thrown around, but no one expected a little known South African comedian to take the helm. 5 years on Trevor Noah is one of the biggest names in late-night television and a household name across the globe. Tune in to Comedy Central (DStv Channel 122) as we celebrate this iconic milestone on The Daily Social Distancing Show with Trevor Noah weekdays (Tuesday to Friday) at 10:30 PM

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Burna Boy Signs Deal With SESAC, Waterparks & Smallpools

by Chris Eggertsen  | Billboard

Singer-songwriter and Nigerian pop star Burna Boy has signed with performing rights organization SESAC for direct U.S. representation. Born Damini Ogulu, Burna Boy recently released his fifth studio album Twice As Tall, executive produced by Ogulu, Sean “Diddy” Combs and Bosede Ogulu.

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