Africa’s Owning the Spotlight

BEYONCE’S ALBUM “THE GIFT” HAS GOT THE WORLD VIBING TO THE SOUND OF AFRICA

Source: Waploaded

Source: Waploaded

Following a successful premier of the Lion King movie, star artiste Beyonce Knowles-Carter released a one of its kind album and it has got the world in some sort of “spirit” mode. The movie which would see the star artiste play the role of Nala (Simba’s love affair – in the movie) was originally released in 1994 as a cartoon produced by Walt Disney. I practically grew up watching that cartoon, I think I must have seen it nearly a thousand times, to the point I could recite the lines of each character word for word. To be honest, Scar was my best character – he had a goal and he was determined to get it no matter what – he was ambitious, although he was cunning, a sly guy, and a liar (characters I don’t approve of).

I am particularly excited that such an album was released in my time. I guess it’s just the right time for Africa to feel the limelight for a bit and an opportunity for us to get this sound that we love so much to eardrums beyond our shores on a larger scale. Beyonce Knowles-Carter said that this album is her to gift to Africa and as such she set out to work with the best of the best in the African entertainment industry. The album featured many of Africa’s finest musicians such as Wizkid, Yemi Alade, Burna Boy, Mr Eazi, Tiwa Savage, Tecno, Shatta Walle, and more. 

One of the most difficult things I encountered while listening to this album was picking a favourite song, the album is simply phenomenal and if you haven’t heard it yet, I TINK you should and if you already have, kindly leave your thoughts on any of the songs in the comment section below.

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AFRICA SET TO START ROLLING OUT ANIMATED MOVIES AFTER MAMA K’S TEAM 4 BAGS DEAL WITH NETFLIX

Source: The Source

Source: The Source

This is certainly an awesome feat Africa is fixing to attain. Truth be told, there isn’t any nook or cranny in Africa that didn’t have its children grow up on cartoons. Cartoons have always been an integral part of a child’s formative years. They spur the imagination, break boundaries, correct vocabulary, and open you to a whole new world of possibilities. Sadly, it seems like the cartoon culture in Africa is dying but a young group of female writers and designers have risen to save the day.

Netflix is set to join forces with Cape Town-based studios – Triggerfish Animation Studios and leading London based Kid’s entertainment specialist CAKE to produce an award-winning animation Mama K’s Team 4. Netflix, during the week, announced this partnership and the whole of Africa is currently waiting to download as soon as the production is available. I am particularly excited because it’s more like a dream come true – let me keep my inner child in check for a second so I don’t digress.

Source: Quartz

Source: Quartz

Mama K’s Team 4 tells the story of four-teen girls living in the neo-futuristic African city of Lusaka, Zambia who are recruited by a retired secret agent still committed to saving the world. The series joins Netflix’s growing slate of original animated programming designed for kids and families everywhere, brought to 190 countries by artists from around the world. Written by Zambian, Malenga Mulendema and designed by Cameroonian artist, Malcolm Wope, it draws visual inspiration from retro-’90s R&B and hip hop girl groups - Quartz. It is a beautiful story of 4 seemingly regular Zambian teenage girls who are committed to saving the world.

I TINK that this venture is timely as it is poised to save the cartoon culture among African children, spark up creativity among African writers, designers, and developers, and also inject a huge dose of entertainment to our screens.

This is certainly going to be the first of its kind as a lot more will come from the stables of Africa in the coming days. *fingers crossed*