M.I.A. Says She “Can’t Put Out A Video Because It’s Shot In Africa”

On Monday, M.I.A. took to Twitter to voice her thoughts on “cultural appropriation” and open the floor for discussion. “I wanna talk about cultural appropriation!,” she wrote. “I’ve been told I can’t put out a video because it’s shot in Africa.” The 39-year-old artist, born in London of Sri Lankan Tamil heritage, then asked, “What happens when I shoot videos in America or Germany it makes no sense to the 00.01% of artists like me.”

SA actresses pair up to launch latest African streaming TV network

Salamina Mosese and Stephina Zwane are no strangers to South African television. Both practically grew up in front of our screens in their roles as presenters and actresses – particularly in sitcom Abo Mzala and Scandal, respectively – but now these ladies are aiming to build a name behind the scenes with the launch of a new online TV network.

AzaTV (Aza meaning “powerful” in kiSwahili) will be launching tomorrow under Mosese and Zwane’s company, Sorele Media.

AfriDocs presents the official African premiere of Virunga

AfriDocs presents the official African broadcast premiere of the BAFTA and Academy Award nominated Virunga in all 49 countries across sub-Saharan Africa.

From Netflix Originals and executive producer, Leonardo DiCaprio, feature documentary Virunga has won over 40 international awards since its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2014.

GOtv Nigeria overhauls channel packages

GOtv Nigeria is overhauling its channel bundles in June, replacing 'Entertaining Africa' by 'Live It'. The original GOtv bouquet, which offers over 21 channels ranging from news and documentaries to lifestyle, music, religion and sport, will be renamed GOtv Value.

FAZ ink Muvi TV deal

THE Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has partnered with Muvi Television to start televising Division One league games.

Speaking on Muvi TV’s Tuesday Sport, FAZ communications manager Nkweto Tembwe said the live broadcast of games will enhance the development of the sport.

Tembwe said the deal will also help Division One teams to expose players.
He commended Muvi TV for the cooperation.

Broadcast - In brief

Internationally renowned actress Leleti Khumalo, known for her leading roles in the movie and stage play “Sarafina” and “Yesterday” which was nominated in the 2005 Academy awards for the Best Foreign Language film has been confirmed as one of the official guest to attend the 2015 Zanzibar International Film Festival in July.

AfricAvenir hosts African film screenings in June

In June 2015 AfricAvenir screens a number of African films at the Goethe-Centre, Hope Initiatives Southern Africa (HISA) Community Centre and Franco Namibian Cultural Centre (FNCC) in Windhoek.

TV Connect Awards winners announced

TV Connect, a connected entertainment event, has announced the winners of the 2015 TV Connect Awards. The award ceremony was held at the Gherkin in Central London, and celebrated the industry’s continued efforts to innovate and transform 4K, cloud TV, multiscreen, OTT, TV Everywhere, VoD and more.

Four projects aimed at African-American audiences win pilot funds at inaugural Pitch Black event

NEW YORK — Four TV and web series that explode myths, expose hidden trauma and empower the black community moved a big step closer to the small screen after taking home $50,000 to $150,000 in prize money for pilot development from the National Black Programming Consortium’s inaugural Pitch Black event April 23.

Mediatech Africa: home to the latest in ground-breaking technology

Mediatech Africa, the largest media and entertainment technology trade show for southern Africa, will be staged this year from 15 to 17 July at the TicketPro Dome at Northgate, Johannesburg.

Staged biennially, Mediatech Africa presents the latest technologies and trends to southern Africa’s broadcast and film sector and rapidly-growing live event and AV system integration industries.

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