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Covid-19 pandemic may stay around longer but artists around the globe are getting very creative and dropping song after song.

Beyonce Knowles released a chart-topping visual album ‘Black Is King’, Kenyan afro-pop band Sauti Sol gave a world-class performance during their ‘Midnight Train’ album launch, South African rapper Nasty C has released a new album titled ‘Zulu Man With Some Power’, Nigerian Dancehall artist Patoranking just dropped his third album titled ‘Three’ and his fellow countryman Burna Boy is riding high following the release of his ‘Twice As Tall’ album.

Ghanian duo Keche teamed up with fellow countryman Kuami Eugene to bring fans a groovy weekend jam titled ‘No Dulling’

The track is an up-tempo party fusion of afro-pop and hiplife; a feel-good club banger, providing a stage for the vocal range and dexterity of Andrew King and Kuame Eugene, not neglecting the lyrical prowess of Joshine.

Over their sixteen-year career longevity, the duo are no strangers to hits; from pressure and
Aluguntugui to Today and Same girl, Keche has made hit making a trademark. The group is also known for their effective collaborations, working with the likes of Sarkodie, Edem, Bisa Kdai on various hits.

Our East African neighbours in Kenya have a new hit dubbed Secrete or simply in Kiswahili ‘Siri’- dropped by Fena Gitu.

‘Siri’ is a Swahili phrase that translates to ‘Secret’, with the jam being all about keeping your secrets safe. The upbeat and catchy ‘Siri’ revolves around two ladies who have a secret affair and are trying really hard to keep it away from the public.

“Keep it between me and you Nobody affi know what we do Are we fooling around, are we cheating But your forbidden fruit so sweet I wanna scream it out loud every time you take it down low,” the song lyrics read in part.

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Amazon Studios Moves Filming From New Zealand to Britain

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Amazon Studios announced Friday it would film the second season of its original series, inspired by the books of J.R.R. Tolkien, to Britain.

New Zealand has long been associated with “The Lord of the Rings”. This shift to Britain is a major blow to the nation’s small but vibrant screen industry.

“The shift from New Zealand to the UK aligns with the studio’s strategy of expanding its production footprint and investing in studio space across the U.K., with many of Amazon Studios’ tentpole series and films already calling the UK home,” the company said in a statement.

The production is one of the most expensive in history, with Amazon spending at least U$465 million on the first season, which just finished filming in New Zealand, according to government figures.

The series employed 1,200 people in New Zealand directly and another 700 indirectly, according to the figures.

“This is a shock to everyone,” said Denise Roche, the director of Equity NZ, a union representing performers. “I really feel for all the small businesses, the tech people who invested in this for the future. Nobody had any inkling.”

Roche said people feel let down by Amazon, although she added that the industry was resilient.

Amazon said the as-yet untitled series takes place on Middle Earth during the Second Age, thousands of years before the events depicted in Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” books and the subsequent films directed by Peter Jackson.

Filming began last year but was delayed due to the coronavirus. Post-production on the first season will continue in New Zealand through June before the show premieres on Prime Video in September next year.

The move to Britain comes just four months after Amazon signed a deal with the New Zealand government to get an extra 5% rebate on top of the 20% — or $92 million — it was already claiming from New Zealand taxpayers under a screen production grant.

Many locations around the world compete for productions by offering similar, generous rebates.

At the time of the deal, New Zealand’s Economic Development Minister Stuart Nash said the production would bring economic and tourism benefits to the country for years to come and create “an enduring legacy for our screen industry.”

Nash said Friday the government had found out only a day earlier that Amazon was leaving and he was disappointed by the decision. He said the government was withdrawing the offer of the extra 5%.

Amazon said it no longer intended to pursue collecting the extra money. But it will still walk away with at least $92 million from New Zealand taxpayers.

“The international film sector is incredibly competitive and highly mobile. We have no regrets about giving this production our best shot with government support,” Nash said. “However, we are disappointed for the local screen industry.”

New Zealand became synonymous with Tolkien’s world of orcs, elves and hobbits after Jackson directed six movies in the South Pacific nation. “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy and “The Hobbit” trilogy combined grossed nearly $6 billion at the box office.

When Amazon Studios first announced it would film in New Zealand, it said the pristine coasts, forests, and mountains made it the perfect place to bring to life the primordial beauty of early Middle Earth.

The large ensemble cast includes Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Morfydd Clark, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Sophia Nomvete and Lloyd Owen.

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Nigeria’s Burna Boy Trounces Diamond At 2021 BET Awards

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Multiple award-winning Nigerian singer and songwriter Nigerian Artist Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu aka Burna Boy scooped an award at the 2021 BET awards announced on Sunday.

He scooped the Best International Act category.

Meanwhile, Tanzania’s Diamond Platnumz was among African musicians and only East African nominated in BET award for the BET Awards 2021 in the Best International Act category.

Unfortunately Diamond Platnumz lost the BET Award for the third time.

Diamond was trying his luck as this was his third nomination after giving it a shot in 2014 and 2016 in the category of Best International Act Africa.

Diamond’s 2021 BET Award nomination stirred an intense hate debate towards the Bongo Flava star on social media.

A number of Tanzanians, including fellow musicians, admitted to siding with Nigeria’s Burna Boy or WizKid on voting day.

In 2017, Rayvanny became the first artist from Tanzania to win a BET Award, after being crowned “The BET Viewer’s Choice Best New International Act”.

This made him the second artiste to win a BET Award from East Africa, after Eddy Kenzo from Uganda who won the International Viewers Award in 2015.

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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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