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African Arty Beats

Good evening and welcome to this week's Arty Beats, my name is Thuto Ngobeni. Sounds from Africa, a live stream concert series launched in June will be delivering music from across the African continent to the global audience. The concert series will see artists playing their part in the concert which not only aims to entertain, but to also support efforts to promote economic and social development in Africa through proceeds. This will be the first regular live stream concert series with a pan-continental scope to emerge from the African continent.

The series offers a diverse and culturally rich array of musical stylings and genres from across 17 African countries to new audiences around the world. Recognizable names like Mokoomba of Zimbabwe and South African Vusi Mahlasela, are interspersed with developing artists from across 17 countries in this new curated programming effort from Cultural Connections Africa or CCA and their partner organizations. The series is produced by CCA network member Brad Holmes of Bassline Festival, in South Africa and Mushroom Productions also South Africa in cooperation with other partners.

Angolans Paulo Flores and A'mosi Just A Label will perform on July the 27th. South African award winning musician Nakhane Touré, performed during the second event of the four - part serier from his home in London, England . He spoke to Channel Africa's Mosibudi Makhura.

African Arty Beats

Good evening and welcome to this week's Arty Beats, my name is Thuto Ngobeni. The virtual Standard Bank Jazz Festival opened its doors on Thursday the 25th of June. The event traditionally takes place in South Africa's Eastern Cape province, in the city of Makhanda, formerly known as Grahamstown. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organisers moved the event online. Tickets for this virtual festival can be purchased at .The Jazz Festival is the headliner of the National Arts Festival which ends on July the 5th.

Sisonke Xonti is this year's winner of the Standard Bank young award winner for the Jazz category. He will be performing at the event alongside, Jacob Collier, Ami Faku, Thandiswa Mazwai, Mi Casa, Gloria Bosman, Spha Mdlalose, Ziza Muftic, Michael Bester and Lana Crowster among others.

Xonti is a jazz saxophonist, composer, and bandleader. A passionate collaborator, he has worked with, and performed alongside artists such as Hugh Masekela, Lira, Bokani Dyer, and Simphiwe Dana to name a few. His full-length album Iyonde was released in 2017. I spoke to the award winner and first asked him how he feels about performing at the festival...

African Arty Beats

Good evening and welcome to this week's Arty Beats, my name is Thuto Ngobeni. This week we focus on South Africa's 33 year Standard Bank Jazz Festival. For the first time in its over 3 decades of existence, the event will take place entirely online, from the 25th of this month until July 5th. Musicians and art lovers will unite in a celebration and experience of Jazz Reimagined. Traditionally, the festival takes place in the town of Makhanda formally known as (grahamstown) in the country's Eastern Cape province for a gathering of what has been dubbed 11 Days of Amazing during the National Arts Festival. This year, the SBJF will reimagine what it means to keep the flame of culture and community, creativity and celebration alive during challenging times by embracing the requirement to be socially distanced, but culturally connected. I caught up with the Festival's Director Alan Webster to take us through what will happen at this inaugural virtual event...

African Arty Beats

Welcome to this week's Arty Beats with Thuto Ngobeni.

As the world battles the Coronavirus pandemic, many artist have joined in the response by writing songs in order to increase awareness of the lethal virus.

South Africa's traditional group, Bakgatla ba Mosetlha, is counted among those who produced a coronavirus song.

Bakgatla says they wanted to raise awareness for those living in the townships and rural areas...

African Arty Beats

Good evening and welcome to this week's Arty Beats, my name is Thuto Ngobeni. South African Jazz muso, Nduduzo Makhathini this week took centre stage on the Home Studio Live. Organised by Standard bank, the programme which has been running since last month, aims to keep the nation entertained and offer solace during the time of social distancing. The line up, is a series of immersive artistic experiences direct to the homes of South Africans which features some of its renowned Standard Bank Young Artists from over the years.The Young Artist Awards were established in 1981 by the National Arts Festival Committee to recognise and encourage exceptional talent amongst younger artists. Since then, over 160 artists have been recognized with Standard Bank at the helm of the sponsorship of these awards for the last 36 years. Makhathini explains...

African Arty Beats

Good evening and welcome to this week's Arty Beats, my name is Thuto Ngobeni. Ghanaian reggae and dancehall muso, Stonebwoy is taking over the world with his latest offering. It has been a long wait for the reggae star to release an album. The latest album titled: Anloga Junction is less than month old but has already gained a high number of listeners on online platforms. The song titled Nominate featuring Keri Hilson has made it on to the Billboard World Digital Song Sales chart. The song debuted at number 19 on the chart. Stonebwoy spoke to me from Accra, Ghana and first tells us more about who he is....

African Arty Beats

Good evening and welcome to this week's Arty Beats. South Africa's Constitutional Hill is calling on Africans to share their stories of the COVID-19 through its Digital Archives Project. The project aims to show future generations what it was like living under lockdown, being infected by COVID - 19 or losing a loved one. Constitution Hill like many other museums around the world has started to look at ways that can document this global pandemic for future generations. Chief Executive at Conhill, Dawn Robertson explains...

African Arty Beats

Events across the world, including those in the Arts fraternity have been hardest hit by the effects of the global pandemic, the COVID-19.

The novel coronavirus originated in Wuhan, China, in late December, 2019.

It has now infected more than 240 000 people around the world and killed over 10 000.

The virus has spread to about 160 countries and regions around the world in less than three months, wreaking havoc across all sectors.

Countries have shut their borders to foreign nationals, schools have also shut down. The world has virtually come to a grinding halt.

Concerts have been cancelled, museums shut down and the list goes on and on.

In South Africa, the country's Sports, Arts and Culture Minister, Nathi Mthethwa, announced that they were looking at ways which will ensure that performing artists could continue doing their work following the stringent measures put in place as a result of Covid-19 outbreak.

Among the measures to contain the spread of the virus is a ban on gatherings of more than 100 people.

The creative industry has been one of the hardest-hit by this move. Phumzile Mlangeni reports...

African Arty Beats

In this week's segment: The MTN Business Opera Jewels gala concert will for the first time have an international partnership with American tenor Lawrence Brownlee. The concert will take place on Saturday the 4th of April at the Wits Great Hall in Johannesburg, South Africa. This will be the first time since its inception five years ago that the MTN Business Opera Jewels gala concert features an international soloist, thus marking an important milestone in the event's history. It's Produced by Web Maestro and supported by MTN Business. Concert producer, Ma-Setlogelo Masote..

African Arty Beats

In this week's segment: South African radio jockey, David Mashabela, launched his Radio Legends Podcast to celebrate fellow radio icons.

Fallen radio jockey, Chilli M, is among those he interviewed in these podcasts.

The podcasts are a gripping and authentic one-hour talk show aimed at celebrating radio legends in South Africa through a series of interviews.

Mashabela, who is a jockey on Radio 2000, joined me in our studios to tell us more about these podcasts...

African Arty Beats

Welcome to the Arty beats, my name is Thuto Ngobeni.

Formula 1 and Heineken will bring the spectacle of racing back to South Africa with the Joburg festival next month.

Set to take place on March the 29th, the Heineken F1 Joburg Festival, in partnership with the Gauteng Province, will treat Johannesburg residents to a thrilling fan event and live car run featuring three F1 teams.

The Festival will also give fans the opportunity to see 2019 Formula 1 World Championship runner-up Valtteri Bottas and F1 legend David Coulthard.

The event will also be preceded by a music concert where local music artists will entertain the crowd. I spoke to Director of Marketing & Communications at Formula 1, Ellie Norman on what to expect...

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