We're back with Vol. 57 of The Spread, our weekly edit of the best stories and global news on Africa(ns) influencing mainstream culture.
- 'Stylebender' Documentary Delves into Israel Adesanya's Vulnerability, Fame journey, and Creating Emotional Impact via OkayAfrica
- Ghana Announces its First Summit on African Cinema in Alignment with Mo’s Partnership with Idris Elba via Ebony
- Cellist Abel Selaocoe Fuses African Beat with Classical Music via DW
- Southern African Times Celebrates Culture with Official Merch: Embrace African Fashion! via NairobiFashion
- CKay, Afrobeats artist, Surpasses 1 billion Solo Spotify streams via OkayAfrica
- Botswanan Sprinter Letile Tebogo Secures Historic Silver at World Athletics Championships via OkayAfrica
- Burna Boy Shares 'Cheat On Me' Collab with Dave and Reveals Upcoming Intimate London Show via NME
Now, on to the real peel...
'Stylebender' Documentary Delves into Israel Adesanya's Vulnerability, Fame journey, and Creating Emotional Impact
The documentary 'Stylebender' reveals MMA champion Israel Adesanya's vulnerabilities, fame, and personality. Director Zoe McIntosh captures Adesanya's journey, including therapy sessions, offering a unique perspective on his growth and challenges. The film's release aims for collective viewing, transcending traditional sports documentaries, and igniting discussion about masculinity and vulnerability. Adesanya's desire for Netflix's involvement highlights its potential impact on young audiences.
Ghana Announces its First Summit on African Cinema in Alignment with Mo’s Partnership with Idris Elba
The National Film Authority of Ghana is partnering with Nigeria's FilmOne Group and Silverbird Cinema to present the inaugural Africa Cinema Summit in Accra. The event will span three days and feature contemporary African films, industry-focused sessions, panel discussions, keynote speeches, and networking opportunities. This initiative aligns with recent collaborations such as Idris Elba's partnership with Mo Abudu to spotlight African talent. Notable Ghanaian films include "Ghana Must Go," "Love Brewed In the African Pot," and "Away Bus.”
Cellist Abel Selaocoe Fuses African Beat with Classical Music
The beautiful sounds of the musical world of Abel Selaocoe, a South African cellist who seamlessly melds African rhythms with the compositions of baroque maestros. Witness his astonishing talent as he transforms the cello into a multi-dimensional instrument, incorporating beatboxing and innovative techniques. Experience a unique auditory journey where classical elegance meets vibrant African pulses.
Southern African Times Celebrates Culture with Official Merch: Embrace African Fashion!
The Southern African Times has launched an official merch store to celebrate African culture and connect with readers beyond journalism. The store aims to bridge the gap between media and viewers, reflecting African identity and innovation. Collaborating with committed designers, the store promotes authenticity and African design, addressing the global prominence of African fashion and honouring the continent's rich heritage.
CKay, Afrobeats Artist, Surpasses 1 billion Solo Spotify Streams
Afrobeats sensation CKay has soared to prominence with 1 billion solo streams on Spotify, cementing his status as a unique Emo-Afrobeat artist. Notable for hits like "love nwantiti," he achieved 20x Platinum in India and 4x Platinum in the US. His electrifying performances, BMI Award, and recognition as a Top Afrobeats Artist globally showcase his year's achievements. With over 3.5 billion streams and upcoming music, CKay's global Afrobeat stardom is set to rise.
Botswanan Sprinter Letile Tebogo Secures Historic Silver at World Athletics Championships
In a groundbreaking achievement, Letsile Tebogo, a 19-year-old sprinter from Botswana, secured a historic silver medal in the men's 100-meter final at the World Athletics Championships. He became the first African athlete to claim a medal in this event. Tebogo's exceptional performance marked a significant milestone in his budding career, with eyes now set on the 200 meters and a promising future in athletics.
Burna Boy Shares 'Cheat On Me' Collab with Dave and Reveals Upcoming Intimate London Show
Nigerian artist Burna Boy and UK rapper Dave links on the single 'Cheat On Me' from Burna Boy's upcoming album 'I Told Them'. The duo's history includes the hit 'Location'. Burna Boy's album is set to release on August 25, with a sold-out show in Kingston and an intimate London performance to follow.
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