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PHOTO STORY: Showcasing culture on Africa Day

Style, song, dance embody this Africa Day celebrations

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  • Young women dressed up in traditional attire sing and chant during an audition organised by the Indoni Culture School in the South African city of Durban, on May 25, 2019, on the occasion of Africa Month, a month that sees Africans on the continent showcasing the diaspora of cultural activities, film, music and food. - May 25th marks Africa Day, an annual commemoration during Africa Month that intends to uphold greater unity and solidarity between African countries, and also strives for accelerated political and socio-economic integration of the continent. (Photo by Rajesh JANTILAL / AFP)

  • Young women dressed up in traditional attire sing and chant during an audition organised by the Indoni Culture School in the South African city of Durban, on May 25, 2019, on the occasion of Africa Month, a month that sees Africans on the continent showcasing the diaspora of cultural activities, film, music and food. - May 25th marks Africa Day, an annual commemoration during Africa Month that intends to uphold greater unity and solidarity between African countries, and also strives for accelerated political and socio-economic integration of the continent. (Photo by Rajesh JANTILAL / AFP)

  • Young women dressed up in traditional attire gather before taking part in auditions organised by the Indoni Culture School in the South African city of Durban, on May 25, 2019, on the occasion of Africa Month, a month that sees Africans on the continent showcasing the diaspora of cultural activities, film, music and food. - May 25th marks Africa Day, an annual commemoration during Africa Month that intends to uphold greater unity and solidarity between African countries, and also strives for accelerated political and socio-economic integration of the continent. (Photo by Rajesh JANTILAL / AFP)

  • A young woman dressed up in traditional attire takes part in an audition organised by the Indoni Culture School in the South African city of Durban, on May 25, 2019, on the occasion of Africa Month, a month that sees Africans on the continent showcasing the diaspora of cultural activities, film, music and food. - May 25th marks Africa Day, an annual commemoration during Africa Month that intends to uphold greater unity and solidarity between African countries, and also strives for accelerated political and socio-economic integration of the continent. (Photo by Rajesh JANTILAL / AFP)

  • A woman gestures and shouts during a protest on May 25, 2019 in Niamey against the presence in Niger of French and American military bases, accused of inertia against the deadly jihadist attacks. (Photo by BOUREIMA HAMA / AFP)

  • Young women dressed up in traditional attire wait for an audition organised by the Indoni Culture School in the South African city of Durban, on May 25, 2019, on the occasion of Africa Month, a month that sees Africans on the continent showcasing the diaspora of cultural activities, film, music and food. - May 25th marks Africa Day, an annual commemoration during Africa Month that intends to uphold greater unity and solidarity between African countries, and also strives for accelerated political and socio-economic integration of the continent. (Photo by Rajesh JANTILAL / AFP)

  • Young women dressed up in traditional attire gesture to friends during an audition organised by the Indoni Culture School in the South African city of Durban, on May 25, 2019, on the occasion of Africa Month, a month that sees Africans on the continent showcasing the diaspora of cultural activities, film, music and food. - May 25th marks Africa Day, an annual commemoration during Africa Month that intends to uphold greater unity and solidarity between African countries, and also strives for accelerated political and socio-economic integration of the continent. (Photo by Rajesh JANTILAL / AFP)

  • Young women dress up in traditional attire before taking part in auditions organised by the Indoni Culture School in the South African city of Durban, on May 25, 2019, on the occasion of Africa Month, a month that sees Africans on the continent showcasing the diaspora of cultural activities, film, music and food. - May 25th marks Africa Day, an annual commemoration during Africa Month that intends to uphold greater unity and solidarity between African countries, and also strives for accelerated political and socio-economic integration of the continent. (Photo by Rajesh JANTILAL / AFP)

  • Young women dress up in traditional attire before taking part in auditions organised by the Indoni Culture School in the South African city of Durban, on May 25, 2019, on the occasion of Africa Month, a month that sees Africans on the continent showcasing the diaspora of cultural activities, film, music and food. - May 25th marks Africa Day, an annual commemoration during Africa Month that intends to uphold greater unity and solidarity between African countries, and also strives for accelerated political and socio-economic integration of the continent. (Photo by Rajesh JANTILAL / AFP)

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Rapper Sarkodie Nominated for MTV Africa Music Awards 2021

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Ghanaian rap icon Sarkodie has bagged a nomination for the 2021 MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA).


The super talented rapper was nominated in the Listeners’ Choice Award category.
Sarkodie will at the virtual show on February 20 in Kampala, Uganda. face competition from nineteen (19) other talents from eighteen (18) countries across the continent.


Other nominees include Anna Joyce (Angola), AsaphAfrika (Zimbabwe), Dagi D (Ethiopia), DBNGOGO & DJ Dinho (South Africa), Didi B (Cote D’Ivoire), Drizilik (Sierra Leone), Focalistic (South Africa), Khaligraph Jones (Kenya), Locko (Cameroon).


The rest are Malome Vector (Lesotho), Meddy (Rwanda), Mohamed Ramadan (Egypt), Ngaaka Blindé (Senegal), Pallaso, (Uganda), Rayvanny (Tanzania), Shirazee (Benin), DJ Slick Stuart, DjRoja_ (Uganda), Souhila Ben Lachhab (Algeria) and Tiwa Savage (Nigeria).


The MAMA Awards is an award that celebrates local African and international talent and achievement. MAMA 2021, in partnership with Uganda, The Pearl of Africa, recognizes and rewards musicians, trailblazers and those who are shining a light on the continent’s diverse talent and creativity by instilling positive impact on African music and youth culture over the previous year. The awards ceremony will feature vibrant performances from leading African and international artists and will also showcase some of the biggest cross-genre and cross-border collaborations.

This year’s award will celebrate African talent across 20 award categories, including Best Male, Best Female, Best Song, and Best Collaboration. The contribution of artists from Portuguese and French-speaking Africa will also be recognized in the Best Lusophone and Best Francophone categories. Additional new categories included are the MAMA Generation Change Award, Best Fan Base, Alone Together Best Lock-down Performance and Personality of the Year. These new categories seek to demonstrate MTV Base’s commitment to supporting the youth of Africa.

The MAMA Generation Change Award will recognize the inspiring, young change makers of the continent who are tackling some of the world’s most challenging social problems. The Alone Together Best Lock-down Performance recognizes outstanding performances that took place virtually by celebrating artists who took to streaming services to share their music and unite society during the unprecedented 2020 Lockdown.

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Mavin Records Signs 18-year-old Ayra Starr

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Mavin Records, also known as the Supreme Mavin Dynasty, founded by record producer and recording artist Don Jazzy has welcomed a new addition to the label. This new addition is an eighteen year old female called, Ayra Starr.

Don Jazzy made the announcement of the new addition with a captivating introductory video of the young lady, Ayra Starr singing.
This is the third female artiste signed the label after Tiwa Savage and D’ija
Ayra Starr’s future in the music industry looks promising just by being signed under one of Nigeria’s top music label, Mavin Records.

The record label boss, Don Jazzy, made the announcement via his Instagram handle on January 21, 2020 where he shared a rather intriguing introductory video of the 18-year-old talent.
Don Jazzy in the post described her as an all-round superstar whose soulful voice has made him able to see the world from a teenager’s perspective.

In his words:
“Last year I met the most incredible 18 year old girl, her name is @AyraStarr. Through her lyrics guided by her soulful voice I am able to see the world from a teenagers point of view. Ayra is not just an amazing artist, she is an all round superstar. It’s been a fantastic experience working behind the scene for over a year and we at Mavin Global are super proud to present to the world today #AyraStarr.”

A visit to the singer’s Instagram page shows beautiful photos and six videos of her singing – two of which are original songs written by her.
Mavin Records is home to recording artists such as Korede Bello, Dr SID, D’Prince, Di’Ja, Johnny Drille, Ladipoe, DNA Twins, Rema and Crayon. It also houses producers such as Jazzy himself, Altims and Baby Fresh. In 2014, DJ Big N became the label’s official disc jockey. Tiwa Savage, Wande Coal, Reekado Banks and Iyanya were all formerly signed to the label.

One of the achievements of the Record label is Rema, who at the age of 19, On 19 October 2019, Rema won Next Rated and was nominated for Viewer’s Choice at the 13th edition of The Headies. On 12 January 2020, he received the Soundcity MVP for best new artist. On 15 June 2020, Rema was nominated as Best Viewers Choice: International Act on the 2020 BET Awards. He was nominated on the awards alongside Burna Boy and Wizkid, they were the only Nigerian Artistes nominated for the awards edition of 2020

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Coffins Dating Back 3000Years Discovered for the First Time in Egypt

Located at depths of 40 feet, the burial wells also contained games from ancient times, of which one is similar to modern chess, as well as statues of Anubis and wooden funerary masks.

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Archaeologists in Egypt have uncovered over 50 wooden coffins and mummies which date back to over 3,000 years in an ancient temple near Cairo.

The new treasures were found at the Saqqara necropolis, south of Cairo, which makes up part of the necropolis at Memphis, the ancient capital of Egypt.

With cooperation between the Antiquities Ministry and the Zahi Hawass Centre at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, archaeologists uncovered 22 burial wells which contain 54 coffins that date back to the New Kingdom, which ruled Egypt between about 1570 BC and 1069 BC.

Most of the coffins displayed scenes of Gods that were worshipped at the time, with the discovery marking the first-time coffins dating back 3,000 years have been found in the Saqqara region.

The new discovery has helped archaeologists determine that the Saqqara area must have been used for burial purposes during both the New Kingdom as well as the Late Period.

Egypt’s former antiquities minister Zahi Hawass, revealed that experts also found a four-metre-long papyrus which included texts from the Book of the Dead; a compilation of ancient spells aimed at directing the dead through ancient Egypt’s underworld.

Located at depths of 40 feet, the burial wells also contained games from ancient times, of which one is similar to modern chess, as well as statues of Anubis and wooden funerary masks.

While commenting on the finds, Hawass said the discoveries will ‘rewrite the history of Saqqara and the New Kingdom’.

In the process of work close to the Pyramid of Teti, archaeologists also unearthed the temple of Queen Neit, wife of King Teti, who was the first king of the Sixth Dynasty that ruled Egypt from 2323 BC until 2150 BC.

A statement released on Facebook read “…These discoveries will rewrite the history of this region, especially during the 18th and 19th dynasties of the New Kingdom, during which King Teti was worshiped, and the citizens at that time were buried around his pyramid.

The mission confirmed that the entrance to the Saqqara region in the New Kingdom was through this area.

The mission discovered the funerary ancient temple of Queen [Neit], the wife of King Teti, part of which was already uncovered in the years prior.”

Three mud-brick warehouses, thought to have stored temple provisions, offerings and tools for the queen’s tomb, were found attached to Queen Neit’s temple.

While reaffirming Saqqara as an important tourist and cultural destination, Hawass described the find as the most important archaeological discovery this year. Hawass told reporters that 70% of the new

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