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Archive for the ‘MUSIC/FILM’ Category

Ben Hur: A Necessary Remake?

By Hazel Speed I will never understand when something has already been established as ‘definitive’, why do yet more versions emerge, be they in the medium of film, TV series, radio or book formats.

Children’s Cinema in Iran

‘Children of Heaven’, Majid Majidi   By Narges Kharghani   Cinema is dead of winter! The cinema that has gone through hibernation   It’s a common trend in the world of cinema that children’s cinema has the best-selling films. In fact children’s films topped the box office in most countries. But it seems it’s different […]

African Music: The Worlasi Syndrome: A look at Nuse vs Uncut Albums

By Nana Arhin Tsiwah This is something I have been wanting to write for the past two weeks. It’s about the music industry in Ghana and the crop of artistes and music players evolving in recent and a few past years. I have been following keenly the twists and game-monkisms that keep hitting the music […]

Film, Arts and Entertainment with Fana Sooka

Arts & Culture competition 2015   By Musa Gift Masombuka  Born in 1994, the fourth of seven sons of Monicca Annah Sooka, Fana Sooka began school in 2002 at Regae Primary school, going on to secondary in Majatladi, South Africa. He had been an extrovert and was interested mostly in entertainment, always feeling vibrant over […]

The Great American Movie Hustle

By Marcus Agar Wonder Lab Films release first trailer for their one-million-penny movie: Witness the trials and tribulations of no-budget independent filmmaking.

Branko Tomovic directorial debut ‘Red’ selected for Serbian film festival

By Marcus Agar Organ-harvesting thriller RED has been Officially Selected for Serbia’s Kraljevski Filmski Festival (31 Aug-3 Sept, 2016).

Interview with writer Wilfred Lungile Seliba

  Musa Gift Masombuka talks with Wilfred Lungile Seliba about his career as a scriptwriter.

South Indian Cinema: Looking Through the Eyes of Actress Ragini Dwivedi

By Ratnesh Dwivedi The Indian film industry is the largest film industry in the world which produces more than 1000 films every year and South Indian Cinema makes a large part of it.

The genius of Papa Wemba’s music

By Byobe Malenga Known by the name of Jules Shungu Wembadio Pene Kikumba, but more famously as Papa Wemba, the Congolese singer, songwriter and actor was born on June 14, 1949 in Lubefu, a Kasai-Oriental region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. On April 24, 2016 the world was saddened by the news of his […]

Interview with Ghanaian musician and artist Worlasi

By Kofi Acquah

The UCL Festival of Culture 2016

By Michael Organ Five free days of culture UCL’s, (University College London), Festival of Culture returns this year with a programme set to showcase the rich diversity of world-class research led by staff and students in the Faculties of Arts & Humanities and Social & Historical Sciences.

The girl in the white camisole escapes death

By Robert Kilborn And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world. —Revelation 12: 7-9

Angélique Kidjo & African youth activists honoured with international award

By Amnesty International World-renowned musician Angélique Kidjo and three inspirational African youth activist movements have been declared this year’s joint winners of the prestigious Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award for 2016.

Quest for Mirroring the Truth

By Gulcin Newby Kennett In her Quarterly article, ‘Mirrors without memories: Truth, History, and the New Documentary’, Linda Williams raises some stimulating arguments regarding documentary filmmaking.

I’m Muslim and not gay!

By Ahmed Tharwat For the last three weeks, the Twin Cities have seen one of the largest film festivals in the country, the 35th MSPIFF Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival showcasing more than 200 new films from around the world.

South Korean singer arrives in South Sudan for Peace Concert

By Peter Louis South Korean Singer, Kim Jang Hoon arrived in Juba yesterday to perform at the Peace Concert for South Sudan.

Award winning actor Slaven Došlo joins hit TV series

By Marcus Agar Actor Slaven Došlo has enrolled as a young army recruit in successful Serbian TV series Vojna Akademija (Military Academy).

First trailer released for Branko Tomovic directorial debut ‘Red’

  RED, a dark thriller set in the underground world of illegal organ smuggling, is the directorial debut for London-based Serb actor Branko Tomovic (24: Live Another Day, Fury, Entity, The Bourne Ultimatum).

Sir George Martin

By Anthony Jenkins Following the recent death of ‘Fifth Beatle’ Sir George Martin, artist Anthony Jenkins paints his own thoughts on the man 

Films of Memory: The Mind’s Eye

By Gulcin Newby Kennett In the chapter called ‘Films of Memory’ from his book ‘Transcultural Cinema‘, David MacDougall explores the intricate relationships between human memory and films.

The Ethics of Image-Making

By Gulcin Newby Kennett In the chapter titled ‘The Ethics of Image-Making’; or, “They’re Going to Put Me in the Movies. They’re Going to Make a Big Star Out of Me” from his book ‘Picturing Culture: Explorations of Film and Anthropology‘ (Ruby, 2000), Jay Ruby philosophizes about the ethical issues involved in the “production of […]

Interview with Actor Tim Abell

By Russell W. Dickson Like most I grew up fascinated by the Cinema. My love of Hollywood started at a young age when my mother would drop me off at the local movie theater with a crisp 5 dollar bill in my pocket. I can still smell the popcorn and feel the excitement as the […]

A Brief History of African-American Theater

By Gulcin Newby Kennett Contrary to popular belief, despite its recognition in the early 1960s, African-American theater did not begin then, but centuries before.

Israel’s Oscar swag bag: Give to Palestinian refugees say film and music stars

  Artists for Palestine UK (APUK) on Wednesday called on actors and directors on this year’s Oscars shortlist to: ‘Give your Israeli swag bag to a Palestinian refugee!’  

Zimbabwean lands role in 2Pac biopic

By Mathew Masinge US based Zimbabwean actress Danai Gurira has landed yet another big role as 2Pac’s mother in the rap star’s upcoming biopic dubbed ‘All Eyez On Me’.

Unforgettable Natalie

By Constance van Niekerk The new year started with sad news for the music industry. Natalie Cole, singer of the Grammy-Award winning ‘Unforgettable’ album died on Thursday night (New Year’s Eve). She was 65.

International acclaim for Serbian drama ‘Next to Me’

By Marcus Agar When a Serbian film makes waves beyond the domestic market, critics and audiences sit up and pay attention.

Nigerian star set to perform in Zimbabwe

  By Mathew Masinge Multi Award winning Nigerian star David Adedeji Adeleke, better known as Davido by his legion of fans, is expected to perform in Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital on August 29th.

The Greatest Beats Of Your Heart: Tony Prince

New, Old, Undiscovered or World Renowned, The Five Records You Can Always Turn To Continuing the series of music articles in which individuals select five records particularly special to them, we today feature Tony Prince’s own selections and present the latest instalment of Tuck Magazine’s ‘The Greatest Beats of Your Heart’.

Organ harvesting film from first-time director Branko Tomovic

By Marcus Agar Organ harvesting in the criminal underground is the gruesome subject of the directorial debut of London-based Serb actor Branko Tomovic. The star of 24: Live Another Day, The Bourne Ultimatum and Brad Pitt’s WWII tank story Fury, co-wrote the dark thriller with young writer Paul D. Clancy.