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23 April 2020

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Africa: Pan-African Filmmaker Sarah Maldoror Dies in Paris From COVID-19 Complications

Sarah Maldoror, a pioneer of PanAfrican cinema and lifelong activist , died in Paris at the age of 91 on Monday, due to complications from coronavirus, according to her family.

Born Sarah Ducados, to a Guadeloupian father and a mother from the southwest of France (Gers), she chose her artist's name as homage to The Songs of Maldoror, the work of the surrealist poet Lautréamont.

Starting out in theatre, she founded Compagnie d'Art Dramatique des Griots in Paris in 1956, the first troupe composed of African and African-Caribbean actors, "to bring attention to black artists and writers."

 

Blitz the Ambassador Named 2020 Guggenheim Fellow

The Ghanaian artist and filmmaker is among 175 "individuals who have demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts."

Ghanaian filmmaker Blitz Bazawule, also known as Blitz the Ambassador has been named a 2020 Guggenheim fellow.

The musician, artist and director behind he critically acclaimed film The Burial of Kojo, announced the news via social media on Thursday, writing: "Super excited to announce I've been awarded the Guggenheim 2020 Fellowship. Truly grateful and inspired."

He is among 175 scholars, "appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the successful candidates were chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants in the Foundation's ninety-sixth competition," says the Guggenheim.