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‘Cook Off’ Zimbabwe’s First Movie On Netflix

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Cook Off, produced at only U$408, may not carry all the technical mastering and appeal, but it is Zimbabwe’s incredible forward in this highly competitive movie industry.

From a purely technical perspective, the film is not on standard with other offerings, with over-the-top acting and incredibly low production value.

The plot doesn’t flow smoothly, and there are long sections of nothing really happening to drive things along.

However, if you just look at the content and heart of the story, it’s an inspiring, a uniquely African film that warrants the recognition it has received.

It tells of a Zimbabwean story outside of the usual negative narrative.

It is a story about falling in love, making and eating amazing food, and family struggles.

The filming conditions were incredibly hard as the country was rocked by economic collapse, the cast and crew working on contracts with deferred payments.

With that in mind, it makes it even more inspiring to have Netflix add it to its roster.

The film follows a single mother that enters a cooking competition on a TV show.

While learning to improve her skills with a fellow contestant, sparks fly not only between them but with her mother as well, who is disappointed in how her daughter’s life has turned out.

Tendaiishe Chitima, who plays the lead Anesu, is a charming actor and delivers a standout performance that highlights her bright future ahead.

When it comes to the storyline there were many a plothole that could have easily been fixed – like the format of the TV show that was incredibly confusing – as well as tighter editing needed on many scenes.

There were just too many of Anesu’s stories jammed into one, and perhaps slicing off some of it would have helped with the tempo.

In terms of the characters, the villain in the story – a fellow contestant married to Anesu’s ex-lover – could have used a little more fleshing out and more screen-time to build up the tension for the climax.

Admittedly, Cook Off has its shortcomings and technical issues, but give it a try, be it to support African productions, a curiosity about Zimbabwean film-making, or a genuine interest in the heartwarming story.

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Uganda’s Zari, Tanzania’s Diamond For Netflix Soon

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Zarinah Hassan, commonly known as Zari Hassan a Ugandan born socialite and Tanzanian artist Naseeb Abdul Juma Issack populaly known by his stage name Diamond Platinumz are scheduled to appear in a Netflix Documentary soon.

Netflix South Africa has announced that the celebrities will appear in a documentary titled ‘Young, Famous & African’ which will start airing in a few days online.

Zari from Uganda has already asked her fans to stay attentive, because they will get to know a lot about them and have fun as well.

“Born in Uganda. Flourishing in Mzansi. Now we’re taking over Netflix! See me bossing it up,” Zari said.

Meanwhile, Diamond will be the second Tanzanian to appear on Netflix after Idris Sultan who appeared on March 26 this year through a film called ‘Slay’ which brought together African stars like Ramsey Nouah, Fabian Adeoye Lojede, Simphiwe Ngema, Amanda Du-Pont.

The Netflix network was launched on August 29, 1997 at California in the United States, to date more than 200 million people worldwide have registered as subscribers.

Netflix is available worldwide except in Syria, North Korea and China, Also it has branches in Netherlands, France, Brazil, the United Kingdom, India, Japan and South Korea, South Africa and Nigeria.

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Enjoy My Music, Insult Me, Im Grateful- Diamond Says

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Diamond Platnumz, the Tanzanian Bongo Flava star has responded to his critics that constantly scold him.

Recently a section activists called for his removal from the BET Awards and Diamond says it is their opinion and he respects it.

Diamond made the remarks while attending an event organized by actress Irene Uwoya in honour of her son Krish.

“I respect everyone’s opinion, when someone enjoys my music, insults me, all I say is that I’m grateful,” said Diamond on Wasafi TV.

Diamond who has not released songs for more than six months now, has been one of the most trending topics in the music industry.

Since he was nominated to vie for the Best International act, an online campaign was launched against the artist to be removed for his involvement in politics.

Opponents of the artist through social media are alleged to have done so in order to express their feelings due to the artist’s support for the ruling party CCM.

The artist has promised to address the issue regarding the petition in the next few days.

He says he has not taken it personally.

“Do not hate someone who says something bad about you, you never know, don’t let that anger get the better of you, tomorrow he might regret it and apologize to you,” said Diamond.

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Jamaica’s Producer DJ Kemmo To Transform Dancehall Music

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Producer DJ Kemmo said he hopes to bring a change to the area of dancehall music production.

“I saw where the authenticity of the genre is lacking. I saw an area of opportunity for change and I felt like the spice that I add to the scene can make a difference.

Dancehall needs more of its original flavour and that’s the direction I want to take music with my production skills,” DJ Kemmo told the Jamaica Observer.

“I believe music is my true calling because I decided to get into music at a very young age. Music has always been something that I have been passionate about and to be a music producer you must be confident in yourself and your work. I find it amazing that I learn something new about producing every day. I also have to adapt to emerging genres and musical styles and those are a few of the reasons why I got into music production,” he continued.

Born in Cornwall Barracks in Portland, for the past four years he has resided in Orlando, Florida. He recently released the song She Gone featuring deejay G-Statik.

“The song has been doing well on the underground dancehall scene here in Florida. I am pleased with the reception that it has so far received,” he said.

One of his biggest hits is Exotic by deejay Korexx. The song has so far racked up more than 9,000,000 views on YouTube since its release five months ago.

Said DJ Kemmo, “I knew Exotic would’ve been a hit song and that it would’ve gotten the attention from the public because of the creativity of lyrics and the visual content.”

He has worked with artistes including Drizzy Fade, Hot Frass, CMR and Laden. DJ Kemmo released the Mello Vibez rhythm album during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Getting the music heard in the streets and in dancehall is harder than what it used to be so that kind of affected the album, but I’m willing to adjust myself to work with the new social media wave just as everyone is doing now,” he shared.

Born Kemoy Lewis, DJ Kemmo has been working to establish himself in the music business for over a decade.

He first tested the waters as a disc jockey in Port Antonio. Along with some of his friends, he made the transition into music production by turning a back room of a shop into a recording studio.

“I remember when me, DJ Barunga, DJ Free and DJ Dalla Coin used to lock up in Paulette shop in the back and put sponge in the windows so when we record a song no air would come through in the building,” DJ Kemmo reminisced. He also credits King Nose I for introducing him to music.

“I had to work very hard for someone to hear the name DJ Kemmo. I use to upload music on YouTube just like Akam Entertainment and Crush Road with my DJ Kemmo tag in them just to spread the name and the brand. I also tried vlogging at one point. I have built my career from the ground up to where it is now even though I have a long list of accomplishments to tackle.”

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