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Abraham Attah of ‘Beasts of No Nation’ Joins Star-Studded ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

Proof you can’t keep exceptional talent down.

Beasts of No Nation breakout actor Abraham Attah is riding high after his win for best male lead at the Independent Spirit Awards earlier this year.


As if the lineup for Sony pictures and Marvel Studios, Jon Watts-directed Spider-man: Homecoming couldn’t get any more star-studded, it’s certainly competing with 2018’s Black PantherDeadline  reports that the 15-year-old Ghanaian newcomer has signed on. The cast already includes Donald Glover, Zendaya, Robert Downey Jr. and Michael Keaton among a long list of others.

What's more, the young rising star has inked a deal to play one of the leads in Christian Loubek’s upcoming film Buffalo.

According to Deadline, apparently after Attah’s Oscars snub, he had planned to continue his studies back home, but this development goes to show you can’t keep exceptional talent down.

Music

11 Rwandan Artists You Should Be Listening To

Musicians like Bushali, Kivumbi King, Rita Ange Kagaju, and Alyn Sano have been putting their mark on the ever-changing Rwandan soundscape.

The current landscape of modern Rwandan music is more dynamic than ever before, from updated versions of traditional folk sounds to the recent 'KinyaTrap' phenomenon that has permeated playlists across the country. For decades, Rwandan airwaves have been dominated by international hits — and by a handful of established Rwandan superstars — but now, as the country continues to develop and diversify, so does its musical setting, with new and different sounds ascending from the hills. The past five years have seen the emergence of an army of young artists eager to reclaim their languages (Rwanda has four official languages) and identity, interlacing their music with influences that stretch far and wide.

Here are 11 artists that have emerged in the past five years to put their mark on the ever-changing Rwandan soundscape.

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