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A Miriam Makeba Biopic is in the Works

The Miriam Makeba movie we've been waiting for is finally in development.

This month marks eight years since the world lost one of its most important voices, “Mama Africa” Miriam Makeba. And although the life and legacy of the late South African singer, activist and icon were explored in a 2011 documentary (Mika Kaurismäki’s Mama Africa), the film community has yet to pay proper tribute to Makeba.


This will soon change.

As Deadline and a number of other outlets have reported today, the Miriam Makeba biopic the world needs is officially in development.

FINALLY.

Currently untitled, the movie is in partnership with the Miriam Makeba EstateMiriam Makeba Foundation and Mama Africa Cultural & Social Trust, and it’s being produced by de Passe Jones Entertainment's Suzanne de Passe, who penned the script to the 1972 Billie Holiday film Lady Sings The Blues, and her longtime business partner, Madison Jones. Also on board to produce are Broadway producer Willette Klausner, music producer David Franco and Makeba’s former publicist and confidant, the journalist Marc Le Chat.

Not much else has been revealed. We’ll continue to keep you updated as the project continues to develop.

In the meantime, I'll leave you with a few of the singer’s greatest hits.

Wizkid at Gidi Fest 2018. Photo: Tej/Gidi Culture Festival.

The Significance Of Wizkid's Failure To Perform At Coachella

And what consequences this could have for future Nigerian and African music shows abroad.

Nigeria's Wizkid didn't perform at the 2018 edition of the Coachella Valley and Arts Festival. While leading musicians across genres from all parts of the world climbed the stages over two weekends to provide concert-goers a live experience of their art, Starboy was absent. He was booked, his name was announced in the line-up, and two slots, over two weekends were allocated for his set. But he missed his placement due to "his inability to get US visas" for his band members.

Wizkid didn't just miss this chance. Africa did. Due to the significance of the his set at such a global stage, the Afrobeats movement did. Everyone, from creators, through the facilitators of the art, down to the consumers, everyone missed out on a crucial chance to bring our music to a diverse audience, at arguably the biggest music festival in the world. The timing was right. Wizkid, due to strength of his art, and the efficacy of his deals, found himself as the anointed one from Africa to do that.

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The IAAF Says Caster Semenya Must Lower Her Testosterone Levels Or Compete in Longer Distances

A new controversial set of rules will affect Caster Semenya severely.

South African middle-distance athlete Caster Semenya might be forced to compete in longer distance dashes.

This comes after the International Association of Athletics Federation announced that this Thursday it will reveal new rules for athletes with hyperandrogenism (high levels of testosterone in the female body). The rules, according to a report by the Daily MailDaily Mail, will force Semenya to either take medication to reduce her naturally occurring testosterone levels or move to longer-distance events.

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11 South African Hip-Hop Songs About Weed

4/20 Special: Here are 11 South African songs to get high to.

You can't separate hip-hop and weed. Dr. Dre's debut album The Chronic was named after the herb and the likes of Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa and Quasimoto pretty much made careers off rapping about weed.

The tradition is alive wherever hip-hop exists. In South Africa, weed has been rapped about just as much as the aforementioned artists have. And according to Lord Quas on "America's Most Blunted" from the album Madvillainy, listening to music under the influence of weed makes it sound better.

"Listening to music while stoned is a whole new world. Most cannabis consumers report it second only to sex. And grass will change your musical habits, for the better."

In light of 4/20, we list some South African hip-hop songs, both old and new, about weed. If you're a smoker, these songs could come in handy for you today.

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