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Connie Chiume, Atandwa Kani and John Kani at Black Panther World Premier

Atandwa Kani and John Kani Black Panther

The South African flag was flying high at the world premiere of Black Panther movie on Monday night. Connie Chiume, Atandwa Kani and John Kani joined the rest of the Black Panther cast members on the red carpet in Los Angeles.

John reprises his role as King T’Chaka, Atandwa will play the younger version of him and Connie will play a mining elder.

About the movie: 

The film follows T’Challa in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He is the heir to the throne of Wakanda (a fictional African country), after his father is killed whilst representing the nation at the UN. Black Panther picks up from where Captain America: Civil War left off. And it carries on the movie’s sterling momentum.

Black Panther is certainly political, and stands up to the ills of society that have betrayed most of Africa. It deals with these issues head on, whilst taking us on an adventure that almost belies the human imagination.

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Atandwa Kani Black Panther
Atandwa Kani


Connie Chiume Blank Panther
Connie Chiume


John Kani Black Panther
John Kani

In a red carpet interview with Variety the theatre legend told the publication how Black Panther represents Africans in a different light.

“I knew we would introduce a different African. The African that is a global figure, the African that cares and contributes to world peace.”

Black Panther premiers in South Africa on 16 February 2018

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Image Courtesy: Channel24

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Black Panther premieres in South Africa on Friday, 16th February 2018

Black Panther movie with John Kani

Before Avengers: Infinity War reaches cinemas, there’s one other major Marvel blockbuster ready to astound South African audiences and is Black Panther movie. The Black Panther is not even out yet, but has already broken pre-booking records.

The movie features veteran actor Dr. John Kani. According to reports, isiXhosa language has been adopted as the official language of Wakanda.

Kani, who plays King T’Chaka explained, “the director and I were challenged with coming up with ideal things to say to my son, in-line with the plot of the film. It had to be in the native language of ‘Wakanda’. I chose to say something isiXhosa in which the director and everyone on set loved; we need that, the director said.”

“In the movie I’m the original Black Panther and I’m tasked with nominating my successor,” he told Move Magazine. “I reunite with my son after not seeing him after some time.”

“Marvel studios adopted isiXhosa as the official language of “Wakanda.” Even when I filmed Civil War, I was the language expert and my American counterparts would say; give me something with a click, they were referring to isiXhosa. My son and I filmed in Atlanta together, I left and he stayed to continue filming. He took over as the language consultant,” he shares.

While Ava DuVernay may have passed on Black Panther, Marvel eventually found an astounding filmmaker to steer the project: Ryan Coogler. The 31-year-old first made headway after directing the Michael B. Jordan-starring Fruitvale Station, which itself was soon followed by Creed.

Black Panther premieres in South Africa on Friday, 16th February 2018 at cinemas nationwide.

Watch the trailer below:

Source: Independent


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Nakhane Touré wins the Best Actor award in a Foreign Film

Nakhane Touré wins the Best Actor award

South African musician and actor Nakhane Touré has received international recognition for his role in the movie Inxeba (The Wound).

Touré who recently signed to international management company Paradigm Talent Agency, took to Twitter telling his fans that he had walked away with the award for Best Actor In A Foreign Film at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.

“Here is the acceptance speech I sent to the festival,” Nakhane wrote, attaching the short clip to his post.

Take a look at Nakhane’s acceptance speech for his award below:

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Brenda Fassie movie to hit cinemas in 2018

Brenda Fassie movie to hit cinemas in 2018

A movie on the life of a music legend Brenda Fassie is in production and is expected to hit the cinemas later in the year. Brenda died popularly known as MaBrrr, died in 2004.

Brenda’s son Bongani Fassie spoke to CapeTalk/702’s Mandy Wiener about the production and the cast of this upcoming Brenda fassie movie.

He says auditions will soon be held for the lead role of his mother Brenda Fassie. However, Twitter seems to have chosen Brenda Ngxoli to play Brenda Fassie.

“In my entire life I have never had a chance to tell the story through the son’s eye,”— Bongani Fassie told the station.

He further added “as the executive producer I have been given an opportunity to tell the story as I know it and as I lived it.”

The film chronicles her journey towards becoming one of the country’s most iconic entertainers. The biopic would be written and directed by Edward Shaw with a script based on a story by Bongani will be released in the year.

Bongani, son to music legend Brenda Fassie says the entire cast will be strictly South African and will be filmed in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Source: CapeTalk

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Local actress Connie Chiume confirms Black Panther role

Connie Chiume confirms Black Panther role

South African actress Connie Chiume has confirmed that she will be starring in the upcoming Marvel superhero movie, Black Panther. Black Panther is the most anticipated movie of 2018 and stars Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Basset and Forest Whitaker.

The former Rhythm City actress also confirmed that she will attend the premiere in Los Angeles next month.

Speaking to IOL, Connie said “I play the mining elder in the movie, I auditioned for it right here in South Africa actually but the entire movie was shot in Atlanta in the USA so that’s where all the fun happened.”

Connie Chiume said that she got to interact with all her co-stars, including Michael B Jordan, Chardwick Boseman and Oscar winners, Lupita Nyong’o and Forest Whitaker.

“I am very excited to be apart of this be production, it truly has been an inspiration working with such big stars and being directed by a young and talented man like Ryan Coogler.”

Other local stars in the film include John and Atandwa Kani.

She said she was proud to be 1 of 3 South Africans cast in the movie. “I am extremely proud, working with John Kani and his son Atandwa was great and for us to represent Africa like this is amazing.”

See her tweet below:

Source: IOL



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A Brief History of the Afropunk Festival

Afropunk Festival History

According to TV Over Mind, Afropunk refers to a community of people from many backgrounds and their choices in music, movies, art, sports, and other activities. If you break down the word, you can get a general idea of who it represents: Afro refers to the African heritage of an Afropunk, whereas punk can refer to the rebelliousness, DIY, underdog nature of this subculture. The Afropunk Festival is a gathering of those who wish to celebrate the unity of Afropunk culture through music, art, movies, and skateboarding. This year, it started on Saturday, December 30th and ended on Sunday, December 31st in Johannesburg, South Africa.

It has come a far way from its humble beginnings. The Festival originally was not international, instead taking place at the Brooklyn Academy of Music exclusively. However, cities on the roster in the past couple of years include Atlanta, London – and of course, Johannesburg. 2017 is the first year that South Africa is included in the Afropunk Festival. The Festival finds its roots in James Spooner’s documentary film, Afro-Punk. The 2003 release explored the lives of black people within a white-dominated punk subculture. Spooner first realized the need for this film when he was examining the punk scene in New York City. After noticing that there were few people of color in the punk community, Spooner decided to research further.

Afropunk Festival 2017

The film followed the lives of four African Americans who consider themselves inseparable from punk rock culture. In addition, James Spooner scored exclusive interviews with some punk bands, including the Dead Kennedys and Fishbone. These interviews helped to expose the issues faced by non-whites in a subculture that is almost wholly dominated by whites. Spooner’s film was featured at the Toronto International Film Festival, the Pan-African Film and Arts Festival, and the American Black Film Festival. It received many awards and other recognition, bringing Afro-Punk to international prominence. Spooner then decided to start a website based on the film that focused on black punk rock culture. Much of the conversation that took place on the website surrounded the band Stiffed and their lead singer, Santi White.

Santi White’s manager, Mathew Morgan, was contacted by James Spooner in late 2003. Spooner wanted to get Stiffed to perform after one of the screenings of Afro-Punk. Morgan decided that it would be a good career move – and the show ended up being very successful. So, shortly thereafter, Spooner and Morgan collaborated to create the Liberation Sessions (a party that promoted black artistry).

Afropunk Fest

Later, Spooner and Morgan worked together again to start the first Afropunk Festival in 2005. The festival was designed to be a place for black punks to enjoy freedom of expression and a sense of community. The subculture tends to ignore their presence, so this was a boon for Afropunks. However, as time went on, and the audience of the festival began to increase, the performances started to drift toward other genres (such as neo-soul).

This drift actually caused co-founder James Spooner to leave after the 2007 festival. He left due to the increasing presence of mainstream culture, and the dwindling attendance of actual punks. Spooner felt that the festival had deviated too far from its original values, and he elected to not be involved in 2008. However, Jocelyn Cooper took his place in 2009. Since then, the festival has grown quite quickly. Many sponsorships, better marketing, and international involvement have followed Cooper’s – an ex-Universal executive – involvement in the festival. In fact, attendees increased from 2500 in Brooklyn alone, to over 90,000 in multiple cities!

Afropunk Festival 2017 South Africa

The Afropunk Festival, which has featured performers such as Suicidal Tendencies, Lauryn Hill, Eve, Lolawolf, Lenny Kravitz, and Gary Clark, Jr., will likely continue to grow as more people hear their message. After this year’s festival in Johannesburg, the sub-subculture will continue to be brought more into the public light, giving a voice to those who were once ignored. James Spooner may not be involved, but we must thank him for planting the seed for this awesome festival with his documentary back in ’03.


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Desmond Dube joins King Kong cast

Desmond Dube King Kong

South African singer, actor, mime artist and entertainer, Desmond Dube, will join the King Kong cast, as from 2 January.

Desmond Dube is known for his work in The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Hotel Rwanda, Friends Indeed, Suburban Bliss and Joburg Blues.

Dube will be playing the central role of Pop, a role previously played by Sne Dladla, and will appear on stage from 2 January.

The award winning actor revealed to John Maytham, Cape Talk’s radio host, that he looked forward to stepping into that role. Pop, is a role previously played by Sne Dladla, who according to Desmond, played it very well.

“Sne Dladla was fantastic and he told the story the way Sne Dladla would tell the story,” he said.

King Kong is a hit production of the popular Cape Town’s Fugard Theatre which is currently playing until 18 February 2018.

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Dayo Amusa has an important message for single ladies

Nigerian actress and singer Dayo Amusa

Nigerian actress and singer Dayo Amusa has a very important for single ladies out there. A few weeks back, Dayo gave advice to those who body-shame people. It looks like it’s not only in South Africa where fans or internet users body-shame celebrities.

in her post, Dayo Amusa shared important tips that women can learn a thing or two.

“Being single is not a disease, when did being single become some sort of disease that everyone wants to get rid of? Why does everyone think that being in a relationship or married is superior to being alone? If you’re single and unhappy about it, let’s have an interactive session with these few points.” – she said.

See here full post below:

BEING SINGLE ISN'T A DISEASE When did being single become some sort of disease that everyone wants to get rid of? Why does everyone think that being in a relationship or married is superior to being alone? If you’re single and unhappy about it, Let’s have an interactive session with these few points. * Things can change. And they will – I don’t care if you’ve been single for several decades or several days. Remember, anything and everything is possible. You just need to get out of your own way and start believing that. * Have standards – Don’t just date someone because you don’t want to be alone. You need to have the mindset that anyone who doesn’t want you is a fool, and so you wouldn’t want them anyway. * Use this time to learn about yourself – Often, people use being with others as an escape, an escape from themselves. If you’re with others, then the focus is on them, not you. But how well do you really know yourself? Being single is a precious time that can be used to really get to know and love yourself. So spend the time getting to know you. Discover new things. Work on personal growth. * Don’t chase anyone – And I mean it. Don’t even think about it! If they have to be chased, then they don’t want you. If someone is showing you that they would rather not be with you, Shrug your shoulders and move on. It’s their loss not yours. * Learn to love your own company & be focus – You’re awesome! You’re cool! If you don’t believe me, then you are wrong. Everyone is perfect in their own way. The problem is many people especially single people don’t believe it. Focus on your great job, wonderful friends, your health, your car, food on your table — you name it. When you focus on the good things, your vibration will change to being positive. Other people will pick up on it and want to be around you even more than they already do. * Keep busy with things that make you happy – Do you like running? Do you love to read or Do you like to go to happy hour with your friends? Do it! The more you keep busy, the less you’ll focus on the negatives of being single ( Keep busy and have fun, you never can tell who is watching. #JMVwithdayoamusa

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Pearl Thusi sizzles on the ‘Scorpion King’ set

Pearl Thusi and Mcgowan Zack Scorpion King Book of Souls

Pearl Thusi is set to star alongside Hollywood actor Zach McGowan in Scorpion King: Book of Souls, the fifth instalment of the Scorpion King Franchise.

Shooting for the film, which is set to be released on DVD in late 2018, has already begun in Cape Town.

Zach, who is well known for his roles on Shameless and Black Sails, is clearly loving the mountain. And we’re loving the view.

Pearl, who plays the part of the Warrior Princess, looks every bit the part. She posted a video of herself with Zach and the two have clearly hit it off.

“Scorpion King: Book of Souls truly raises the bar in terms of action, suspense, and thrills, making it an impressive addition to the infamous Scorpion King saga,” said Glenn Ross, General Manager and Executive Vice President of Universal 1440 Entertainment.

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Skeem Saam actress Innocent Sadiki bags a new role in an upcoming movie Thembi

Skeem Saam actress Innocent Sadiki upcoming movie Thembi

Skeem Saam actress Innocent Sadiki is excited to show off more of her acting talent in an upcoming film, called Thembi.

“I shot this movie two years ago and it’s been such a long wait that I was beginning to lose hope but I got the call yesterday that the wait is over. And, man I am so excited that people are going to see my range as an actor,” she told TshisaLIVE.

In here recent interview with the publication, Innocent said that she found out about the movie by coincident because she had been auditioning for a presenting job but was spotted by the executive producer. After her audition, she was told later that she was being considered for the lead role.

“This will be my first official film and first lead. It’s amazing in that when I found out by accident. The role that I eventually got was someone else’s originally but when I was called I rehearsed as the lead and its been such a long journey. I play Thembi, who has a mental illness and it was very challenging,” Innocent Sadiki said.

The feature film, which is not a horror movie, focuses on the life of a woman called Thembi, who is suffering from a mental illness that sees her “existing” in two different worlds and time zones.

“I feel so proud of my work and I’ve done so many things that never made it to see the light of day so I’m so grateful that people will my work. It’s an authentic story that I get to be a part of telling and I hope it also opens more doors for me.”

The movie will premiere on November 27.

Source: TshisaLIVE

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