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QUEEN OF KATWE- ALICIA KEYS

12 Sep

BURBANK, CALIF. (Wednesday, August 31, 2016) – Walt Disney Studios is partnering with 15-time GRAMMY® Award-winning recording artist Alicia Keys (“Girl on Fire,” “No One”) on the studio’s upcoming film release “Queen of Katwe,” which opens in limited release September 23 and expands wide September 30, 2016.

Featurette: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HV2WC-OzdEc

 

The multi-talented singer/songwriter/producer’s new original song, “Back to Life,” appears in the film and on the motion picture soundtrack from Walt Disney Records, which also features the buoyant score from Golden Globe® nominee Alex Heffes (“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” “The Last King of Scotland”). “Back to Life” was written by Alicia Keys, Carlo Montagnese and Billy Walsh and produced by Illangelo and Keys.

 

“’Queen of Katwe’ moved me in every way,” says Alicia Keys. “The film beautifully depicts Uganda with such honest attention to detail—the colors, the sounds, the people—all vividly brought to life. But most soulfully, it’s the story of this fearless, brilliant girl Phiona who embodies the message that the rise to success first begins with opportunity, and the belief you have in yourself to pursue something bigger. The song ‘Back To Life’ that I wrote for this film alongside collaborators Illangelo and Billy Walsh, is about pushing past that little voice of doubt in our heads so we can instead, electrify the world. When we allow women to find and express their power and potential, the world changes for the better. I encourage people to see this film, be moved by Phiona’s story and then go back into their own communities and encourage a girl who will rise like a flower that breaks through the concrete to see the sun!”

 

The film’s Academy Award®-nominated director Mira Nair (“Salaam Bombay!,” “Mississippi Masala”) says, “I have carried a torch for Alicia Key’s voice and passionate engagement with the world for years, so it was exciting to have her artistry join ‘Queen of Katwe,’ which celebrates the idea that genius is everywhere!”

 

“Queen of Katwe,” which will have its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival on September 10, is directed by Nair from a screenplay by William Wheeler and stars Golden Globe® nominee David Oyelowo, Oscar® winner and Tony® nominee Lupita Nyong’o and newcomer Madina Nalwanga. The film is based on the vibrant true story of Phiona Mutesi, a young girl from the streets of rural Uganda who is introduced to the game of chess by Robert Katende, a former missionary and soccer coach, and goes on to become an international chess champion.

 

About Alicia Keys:

Alicia Keys is a 15-time GRAMMY® Award-winning singer/songwriter/producer, an accomplished actress, a New York Times best-selling author, an entrepreneur and a powerful force in the world of

activism. Earlier this year Keys released her critically-acclaimed single “In Common.” The song is from Keys’ forthcoming highly-anticipated sixth studio album, due out later this year on RCA Records. Keys will join the judges panel on NBC’s “The Voice” for its 11th season, which premieres on September 19, 2016, alongside Miley Cyrus, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. In September 2014, Keys launched We Are Here, a movement that empowers the global community around a host of issues and initiatives building a better world where all people are heard, respected, equal, and treated with dignity. Keys also co-founded Keep a Child Alive (KCA) and serves as Global Ambassador for the organization.

 

About The Film:

For 10-year-old Phiona Mutesi (Madina Nalwanga) and her family, life in the impoverished slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda, is a constant struggle. Her mother, Harriet (Lupita Nyong’o), is fiercely determined to take care of her family and works tirelessly selling vegetables in the market to make sure her children are fed and have a roof over their heads. When Phiona meets Robert Katende (David Oyelowo), a soccer player turned missionary who teaches local children chess, she is captivated. Chess requires a good deal of concentration, strategic thinking and risk taking, all skills which are applicable in everyday life, and Katende hopes to empower youth with the game. Phiona is impressed by the intelligence and wit the game requires and immediately shows potential. Recognizing Phiona’s natural aptitude for chess and the fighting spirit she’s inherited from her mother, Katende begins to mentor her, but Harriet is reluctant to provide any encouragement, not wanting to see her daughter disappointed. As Phiona begins to succeed in local chess competitions, Katende teaches her to read and write in order to pursue schooling. She quickly advances through the ranks in tournaments, but breaks away from her family to focus on her own life. Her mother eventually realizes that Phiona has a chance to excel and teams up with Katende to help her fulfill her extraordinary potential, escape a life of poverty and save her family.

 

About Walt Disney Studios: 

For over 90 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under the following banners: Disney, including Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios; Disneynature; Marvel Studios; Lucasfilm; and Touchstone Pictures, the banner under which live-action films from DreamWorks Studios are distributed. The Disney Music Group encompasses the Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records labels, as well as Disney Music Publishing. The Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Disney on Broadway, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!.

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ALL ACCESS GHANA CONCERT – ECHOSTAGE,DC- MARCH 5, 2016

6 Mar


ALL ACCESS GHANA CONCERT – ECHOSTAGE,DC- MARCH 5, 2016

In celebration of Ghana’s 59th independence day, some of Ghana’s top musical acts participated in a concert at Echostage in Washington, DC.  Wondaboy and Ice Prince, two Nigerian artists, also helped with the Independence Day Celebrations.


Edem, Sarkodie, Bisa Kdei, Wonda Boy, Ice Prince, Efya, and Fuse ODG brought their A game to Echostage and did not disappoint. For those concert goers who had never seen African artists perform live, it was a life changing moment. Edem opened the show , and the only female artist, Efya,wowed the crowd in her bright orange African attire, which resembled an outfit worn by Africa’s Lupita Nyong’o. Efya’s stage presence commanded attention while her powerhouse vocals invited the crowd to sing along. When she invited the crowd to sing along with her to one of her first hits, “Little Things”, the crowd didn’t hesitate, singing every single word and acknowledging every single pause. Before Efya ended her series of songs, she sang “One of Your Own”, one of her most recent songs featuring Bisa Kdei. Bisa Kdei joined her on stage and together they powerfully sang their song and had a small dance off.

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Following the performance of Efya, Wondaboy took to the stage. Considering the fact that the concert occurred during the weekend of Ghana’s Independence Day, the audience within Echostage was primarily Ghanaian. Wondaboy approached the stage with great confidence and continued to go with the flow, even as some men in the audience tried to boo him off of the stage. Wondaboy handled the hecklers with grace, and at one point even stopped singing to acknowledge them .As Wondaboy sang through his selection of songs, his songs got better and more and more people were moving to the sound of his voice and his catchy beats.By the end of his musical selection, those people who were standing still when he initially took to the stage were swaying back and forth. Assisting Wondaboy at the turntables was DJ Soupamodel. DJ Soupamodel, a  Nigerian female DJ, was undoubtedly very skilled at her craft. Scratching, blending songs, playing beats and hit songs at the right moment,  DJ Soupamodel was a crowd pleaser and she definitely got the crowd “turnt up” during the short intermission between Wondaboy and IcePrince’s performances.


Ice Prince, one of Nigeria’s top musicians, took to the stage after Wondaboy, around 1:47 am, dressed in all black. With a multitude of songs, Ice Prince easily went from one song to the next, and the crowd was right with him. From “VIP” to “Aboki” , Ice Prince took the eager crowd through a musical journey, with his high energy  and limitless dance moves.


Once Ice Prince finished his performance, Fuse ODG started his selection of songs. With this being Fuse ODG’s first performance in Washington,D.C, it is fair to say he “slayed” it. He opened up his performance with the song “Only”, and Bisa Kdei joined him on stage towards the end of that song. In between songs, Fuse ODG encouraged the crowd to be proud of and acknowledge their African roots and African women. He also encouraged the crowd to support and appreciate the African talent and continent. When Fuse ODG sang “Azonto”, the crowd went wild and everyone started doing their own version of their Azonto.In order to find the best Azonto dancers, Fuse ODG invited two people to join him on stage, to have an Azonto dance off contest. The girl danced her Azonto, and was quite good, but she wasn’t as good as Michael Sarfo, a Ghanaian guy from Maryland. It was clear that the Azonto had overtaken Michael’s body and he azontoed like no one else across the stage. For the night, he was undoubtedly the “Azonto King”. Fuse ODG continued to sing a few more hits before he closed out with his global hit “Antenna”.

 


As soon as the beat for “Antenna” started,  the crowd went wild and it was reminiscent of a soccer stadium filled with people cheering for their team. Hearing “Antenna” live , in DC, was a treat that the crowd happily accepted and enjoyed. Considering the fact that this was the first time Fuse ODG ever performed in DC, and possibly in America,  there was no doubt that he nailed his performance. Even after he left the stage, people were still dancing to the remnants of his songs.


Around 2:40 a.m, after Fuse ODG’s performance, the stage was graced by the night’s last performer, Sarkodie. Sarkodie embraced the stage, dressed in all black, and just started rhyming and flowing. He tried to hype the crowd up by asking ,”Do we have Africa in the building?”, but by that point the crowd was so energized as a result of the previous performances they had witnessed and participated in. As a result of the countless number of songs Sarkodie has, he sang through many of them at rapid speed. He sang solos and then eased into duets with Ice Prince,  Fuse ODG, Bisa Kdei, and Efya in an effortless manner. From “I’m in Love with You”, to “Adonai” to “ Down on One”  to “ U Go Kill Me” , Sarkodie impressed the crowd with his collection of music, which was mixed with oldies and goodies. Together with the assistance of DJ Mensah, Sarkodie presented his music in a way which displayed his musical diversity and ability.


The All Access Ghana Concert, which was hosted by Eddie Blay Jr, and organized by Africa1 Media, was a wonderful event which showcased some of West Africa’s best talent, from the Djs to the musicians.

 

Ghana Music Week Festival –October 15 to October 16th 2015 (Part 1)

21 Oct

Ghana Music Week Festival –October 15 to October 16th 2015 (Part 1)

By: Afromusion

Ghana Music Week Festival celebrated the first leg of its’ world tour in the United States of America this past weekend. As a result of a collaboration between Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) and Ghana’s Ministry of Tourism, the Ghana Music Week Festival is being utilized as a tool to promote tourism in Ghana. Leaders from MUSIGA, including the President  (Bice Osei-Kuffor, a.k.a Obour), the General Secretary (gospel singer Deborah Freeman), and Communications Director (Daddy Bosco), together with Ghana’s top musicians, including Edem, D Black, Pappy Kojo, Joey B, Gasmilla, Becca, Samini, and A.B. Crentsil, joined forces and used their music prowess to promote Ghana to the U.S. audience.

Upon their arrival, the Ghanaian delegation was joined by other musicians (such as Koby Maxwell) and guests  (including the Deputy Chief of Mission, Mr.Achulo)  who were treated to a special dinner in Maryland. While at the dinner, the musicians had the chance to participate in a few interviews and participate in a few promos, promoting the Ghana Music Week festival. All guests were treated to a special impromptu performance by A.B. Crentsil and Obour, live on the dance floor.

On Friday October 16, 2015, the Ghanaian delegation was hosted by the Ghana Embassy in Washington , D.C. His Excellency Lieutenant General Joseph Smith and his lovely wife welcomed guests to the embassy, as they enjoyed the live band. A.B. Crentsil gave an extraordinary live performance of his classic hits, while the audience hung on to every lyric whispered by him, treasuring his raw and undying talent. Musicians Kobby and Rocky Dawuni were also in attendance. Afterwards, the President of Ghana, Bice Osei Kuffour, took to the podium and explained to the audience the ways in which musicians were teaming up with the Ministry of Tourism to promote Ghana.

 “We  want people to be aware of the great music that Ghana has. From the 1st to the 7th of March, wherever you are in this world, all the world will be focused on Ghana, because all the stars will be traveling to Ghana to be part of the Ghana Music Week Festival. After the U.S launch, we will be launching in China, Australia, UK, and South Africa, but we chose to start our launch in the United States because of the great relationship between Ghana and the U.S.  We want to build on this intercultural relationship that exists between cities in the U.S. and the country of Ghana so that these relationships can also add up to the tourism gains of our country. We want all people, Ghanaians and non-Ghanaians,  to come to Ghana and explore the richness of Ghanaian culture”, stated Bice Osei-Kuffour.

During Ghana Music Week, which will occur during the first week in March 2016, there will be a variety of events planned to promote tourism. During his speech at the Ghana Embassy in Washington D.C., Bice Osei-Kuffour gave five key reasons why people should return to Ghana in March 2016. He informed the guests that they should go to Ghana from March 1 to March 7th in order to attend Ghana Music Week. In order to persuade people to visit Ghana, South African Airways will be offering a reasonably priced roundtrip ticket , which will allow people to visit Ghana for $900 roundtrip.  Also, for those people who visit Ghana during the first week in March, MUSIGA will keep track of the first 100 people who register for the program, and provide tickets to them for all of the musical events which will be occurring during the week. Such events will include an opening ceremony event with President Mahama at Cape Coast castle, Ghana Music Honors, a 2 day music conference, and international music and cultural day which will include musicians from India, USA, China, and UK. Also, during the Ghana Music Week, there will be a Ghana Independence Jam with 59 musicians performing, and on March 7th  there will also be a “Music Meets Tourism” concert where Ghanaian musicians will stage concerts at various tourism sites within Ghana. Lastly, there will be a special dinner dance for the Diasporan community, called “ Diasporans Night”.

While at the Embassy, five people were honored as a result of their efforts to contribute towards Ghanaian art, culture, and tourism. George Bright-Abu was honored for the work he does with his Afrikan Post paper,  and Dr. Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Agyekum,  and Dr. Cobina Lartson were also honored.

Please return tomorrow to read Part 2: Ghana Music Week Delegation visits New York

 

Pappy Kojo Obour, Miss Ghana Tourism USA, and guest Edem, Gasmilla, and Kobby greeting one of the Award recipients, George Bright-Abu AB Crentsil AB Crentsil serenading the crowd at the Embassy Obour speaking to the audience about Music and Tourism Ghana Music Delegation with Deputy Chief of Mission Embassy Guest and Rocky Dawuni

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28 May

“MY DARLIN'” VIDEO REVIEW BY AFROMUSION

10 Jan


BY AFROMUSION:

AFROMUSION VIDEO REVIEW :  “MY DARLIN’’” VIDEO WITH TIWA SAVAGE

By: Afromusion

The beautiful and lovely Nigerian songstress Tiwa Savage recently released the official video for her song , “My Darlin’”.  The song was produced by Don Jazzy (Mavin Records) and Baby Fresh. The video was directed by Kemi Adetiba, a female video director, who has also directed videos for Banky W, Wizkid, Waje, and more.


The “My Darlin’” video opens up with a scene in a bedroom  where many women are preparing for a feast.It appears the women are preparing for a wedding, some are already dressed , some are getting dressed and some are getting their makeup applied.  There is one lady who has a full team applying her makeup and nail polish in one room- she is preparing for a special occasion. In another room, an elderly woman dressed traditionally is greeted by the women in the room, and then the lady who was in the other room, greets the elderly woman. By listening to the conversation between the elderly woman and the beautifully dressed woman, it is apparent that the young woman is preparing for her wedding, and the young woman is the elderly woman’s daughter. There is a bit of comedy interlaced in the dialogue, as the mother prays for her daughter , stating “ they will spend money on  you and you will give me part of it ” . The mother even states that they will dance “Skelewu”, and “Azonto”. The mother also makes reference to how beautiful she was during her youth.

In the next scene, we see exactly how beautiful she was , as the music starts and the viewers are taken through the life of that woman. The role of the mother in her youth is played by Tiwa Savage. At the  two minute mark, we see Tiwa sitting at a party with two of her friends, laughing and having a good time, before she catches a glimpse of a very handsome man walking into the room. The place is packed , but she is able to see him and he is able to see her, as the song is going through the motion with the words, ” Baby you’re too much ooo..ooh baby I love you.. I go do anything for you”. As the man approaches Tiwa, she can be seen preparing herself, trying to calm down her nerves. At this point in the video, there are two scenes, there is the live active scene, showing the viewers how Tiwa and her man met, but there is also the constant thread, what I will refer to as the narrator, which is Tiwa singing in a garden wearing a stunning yet simple white dress.

As Tiwa dances with the handsome man,  it is evident that she is mesmerized by the touch and feel of the man as they dance. The chemistry is evident and the song adds to it, as he spins her around, and they seem to forget that anyone else is in the room. At the end of the dance, they sneak off and  continue adoring each other in front of a fountain. While the man is admiring Tiwa, he places a flower in her hair. This flower may not seem significant in the beginning, but it is, and it remains a constant staple throughout the video. The man places the flower in her hair , and right before he is about to kiss Tiwa, she stops him and places the flower back in his hand, and walks off.

In the next scene, the guy is seen throwing a rock at her window in order to get her attention .  You can see the rock throwing has worked when you catch a glimpse of her hand, and it is at that moment that he beckons her to come downstairs to him. Tiwa runs outside, obviously very happy to see him. He picks her up, there is so much joy, and the guy is anxious to see her. When they meet, the guy takes the same flower out of his pocket, and confidently places it in her hair, and Tiwa gladly accepts it. At this moment in time, the flower represents love, whole pure undying love. Tiwa, the narrator is still singing about love, and the way she is moving and singing makes you ,the viewer , wish you could find love and feel love the way she is feeling it. No props, no flashy background are needed in the video. The pure emotion of love is what drives this video. The more one watches the video , the more one can feel the love within,  it’s a pure song, that evokes pure emotion.

In the next scene, Tiwa and her man, appear to be husband and wife. The man wants to surprise his wife ,so Tiwa has her eyes closed. When she opens her eyes, she is amazed by the house , their house, her husband has brought her to. This man is crazy in love with her, and she too is madly in love with him. It is at this moment that he seems to whisper  ” I love you” to her, and then the viewers see Tiwa the narrator again, singing “ Baby you’re too much ohh”.  The man just bought her a house—yes, baby, he is too much oohh!! It is at this moment that Tiwa the narrator and Tiwa the bride are seen wearing the same dress—the beautiful white wedding dress. This is when the two worlds collide. Tiwa is soo happy, she is in love, this IS her darling, she is spinning around in pure joy. She is barefoot in the garden, because she can not contain her love for her man!  Hat garden represents love, the flowers represent love. Her facial expression, the way she moves in the garden, reflect the love , the pure love, she is feeling.


In the next scene, Tiwa and her husband are looking adoringly at their baby. It is clear that her husband is in the military and is about to be deployed. Tiwa is there, with a new baby and she is obviously very sad. As her husband walks out of the room, Tiwa  grabs his hand , calling him back to her. She takes that flower out of her hair, and gives it to her husband, for him to take with him, wherever he may be going. The same flower he placed in her hair twice, is the same flower she is now giving to him.

This flower pin symbolizes so many things. The first time the viewer saw the flower pin, it symbolized his love for her, but she was not quite ready to receive it.The second time the flower pin appeared, the man was putting it in Tiwa’s hair, and she kept it there for good, because she was accepting his love. The third time we see the flower pin is when Tiwa and her hubby are in the nursery. During the third moment, it was not obvious that she had the pin, until she  reached for her husband’s hand. At this moment,  this is the very first time that the husband is receiving the flower pin from her, as a token of her love towards him. In this third instance, the flower pin still symbolizes love, but at this moment, the love has grown deeper and stronger. The flower pin symbolizes the love they have for each other and Tiwa wants him to feel and see his love while he is deployed. Time and distance may separate them, but the love they have for each other remains, and that flower pin is a reminder of her love for him.

In the next scene, the music is simply music, void of any lyrics. The video goes through a time series, where the viewer sees Tiwa receiving letters from her husband. Tiwa is overwhelmed by the letters she receives from her husband, and treasures every knock on her door, because she knows it means a new letter has arrived. During the third knocking at the door, Tiwa can be seen running to the door, as she expects another love letter from her husband. The lyric-less music is still playing..and then it stops.

The music stops, at the moment Tiwa’s heart beat seems to stop. Her heartbeat stops when she sees two soldiers at her door. The only audible sound is a deep heavy sigh.

This is the moment when as a viewer, one may cry. This is the moment when the viewer wonders if the love song is now a memorial song for a dead husband. The words to the song restart and Tiwa is seen falling onto the floor, in disbelief that her husband may be dead, after soldiers appeared at her door shaking their heads  as a sign that they had bad news to give. At this very moment, the video goes back to the scene of the elderly woman, who is seen shaking her head. The video brings us back from the past, but it still toggles between the past and the present. While the young Tiwa is sitting on the floor crying, we see footsteps approaching her , and the viewer may assume it is the soldiers who came to bring her bad news. Instead, a man dressed in bandages is seen comforting her, while she is still on the floor. It is a bit unclear who the badly injured man is, until we see him place a flower in Tiwa’s hair—it is her HUSBAND! He did NOT DIE!!!  He is badly injured, and even a bit bloody, but the one item that remained pure , was his love, their love. He is still carrying the pure white flower, which has remained unharmed, and he places it in Tiwa’s hair, on the right side. The love remains and she is ready to give him “Doro” love ( a great reference to the song Dorobucci).

What a beautiful video!! What a beautiful song !!

Once he places the flower in her hair, the video goes back to the present, showing the elderly Tiwa with her daughter, preparing her for her marriage. Tiwa is so proud of her daughter, but more importantly she still feels the love from her husband. The love , the pure love, she felt from her husband will always be with her, deep within her soul, and that is a memory she will always carry with her. He will always be her darling.

“AFRICA RISING” –MULTICHOICE/O CHANNEL – AFROMUSION REVIEW:

4 Jul

 

 

During the past few months, Africa has been in the news for several reasons, some good and some bad. The kidnapping of the girls in Nigeria and the death of Nelson Mandela has gained attention around the world. The World Cup has also brought a spotlight onto Africa, due to five African countries qualifying for the cup:  Algeria, Ghana, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, and Cameroon.

Africa has always been an important continent, known for its gold, diamonds, timber, bauxite, and oil.  While outsiders may view Africa as an inferior place due to their lack of knowledge, those who truly know what Africa contains value its worth.

Multichoice Africa, with the help of Channel O, has launched the “Africa Rising” movement.  Africa is on the rise, and nothing can stop it. Africa is a beautiful continent and the “Africa Rising “ movement is reminding the world what Africa has, and what Africa can become. The release of the “Africa Rising” video is inspiring because it represents an Africa that is rising, and it represents a positive glimpse into the possibilities.

Africans are taking control of their image and creating media that is lacking, not only for other Africans, but for people around the world. Sheezy, an African producer, produced the song “Africa Rising”, which features Sarkodie (Ghana),  Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania), Tiwa Savage (Nigeria), Lola Rae (Ghanaian/British/Nigeria),  Mi Casa (South Africa) , and Davido (Nigeria).

The beat of the song reflects the vibrant heartbeat of Africa. The beat really shakes the soul and is undeniably y African. The great thing about the “Africa Rising” song  is that it represents different artists from different African countries, but yet their common thread- their love and belief in their continent Africa- binds them. Regardless of the various flags that represent the multitude of African countries, “Africa Rising” is a song that unites Africa.

The song “Africa Rising” and the accompanying video is breathtaking because it shows the essence of Africa. The video shows the beautiful African people, landmarks, beaches, homes, cars, fashion, and more. “Let the world come and taste this beautiful land” is a common line which is intertwined within the inspirational song.  The video reinstills the fact that Africans should be proud of the variables which create their environment  – the people,  the culture, the music, the dances, the language, and the fashion.

The video does more than encourage people to love Africa, it also proves that Africans cannot and should not  be stereotyped. Africans come in all shapes and sizes, as represented by the various artists who participated in the video. The beauty of the African people is just as unique as the continent of Africa.

The video “Africa Rising” , filmed by Callback Dreams, opens up with a beautiful  scene of an African beach and town .  Before the song even begins, the cars, the people, and their activities are creating their own unique beat and rhythm. Then a beautiful woman, wearing a kente shirt, put on her green headphones and starts listening to “Africa Rising”. Her earphones are green, representing a color which can be found in several African flags.  The color green also represents land, the beautiful African land.  Standing on the street, with running kids behind her, the nameless woman starts listening to the music and it gets her stirred up.  The video shows scenes of cars passing by, men chatting with each other,  and fishermen out at sea. A young man stands at a corner, with an African country’s flag, flying on his back, to represent the country of the singer who is about to appear in the video. Whether the featured artist is Nigerian, Ghanaian, Tanzanian, or South African, the nameless man always stands opposite of the James Town lighthouse, to represent the country, serving as a symbol of unity.

As Davido and Mi Casa sing about the greatness of Africa, the nameless girl with the headphones walks throughout her town, showcasing the beauty of her neighborhood, town, country, and continent. The girl is enjoying the beat coming through her headphones, but in actuality it is the beat of the people, the beat of the culture all around her, that is making her so happy. Davido mentions great leaders like Kwame Nkrumah and Nelson Mandela and mentions that Africans should unite and give each other a chance. Mi Casa reminds listeners that “ the whole world is looking at us because our land is honey, all the future money”. Sarkodie encourages Africans to stand up and admire the beauty of the continent. Tiwa reinforces the fact that Africa is worth loving, and is rising. Diamond sings about Africa so passionately, and Lola encourages Africa to unite, from the east, to the west, to the north, and the south, because after all, “we are one Africa”.

Not only are the African singers singing about loving Africa, while in Africa, they are also outfitted in African fashion. The video reinforces the fact that Africa is nothing to be ashamed of. If anything, people should show it off in every way possible. The scenery contained within the video, is just as diverse as the singers featured in the video ,  and the countries they represent.

“Africa Rising” is a beautiful song not just for Africa, but the world.  The song has no limits in terms of where it can be played and how far it can reach. Africa is a gem, a precious gem, and this song and video simply serve as a reminder to the rest of the world

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GHANA BLACKS STARS ARRIVE IN FLORIDA

2 Jun

JUNE 1, 2014:
The Ghana Black Stars have arrived in Miami, Florida, several days ahead of their match with South Korea.
After a disappointing loss against Holland (1-0), the Ghana Black Stars arrived in the United States, specifically Miami, Florida, on June 1. The world known players, together with their coach, Kwesi Appiah will participate in various events throughout the Miami region. On June 7th, the Black stars will participate in a soccer clinic, in anticipation of their match against South Korea on June 9th. The match against South Korea will occur at the SunLife stadium at 6pm, and after that, the Black Stars will visit Washington, D.C.
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