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The ANC Reportedly Couldn’t Afford to Pay Artists to Perform at The Launch of the Party’s Manifesto

Artists billed to perform at the ANC's manifesto launch didn't show up.

South Africa's ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC) launched its manifesto last week Saturday in Durban ahead of the national elections taking place later this year. Artists who were supposed to perform during the event, however, didn't show up.


According to City Press, the reason artists such as Master KG and Kwesta ended up not performing was because the party couldn't afford to pay them because its budget was "tight."

An undisclosed source told the paper:

"This is strange because some of the artists were given the program in advance. It is unprofessional and unacceptable. Some of the artists didn't accept gigs elsewhere because they were booked for the ANC manifesto. What is sad is that they were only offering to pay artists from R10 000 to R35 000 and not more than that. So it was take it or leave it."

Kwesta's message reportedly confirmed the hip-hop star couldn't be available because he wasn't happy with the party's offer.

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From 'Wives on Strike' to 'Goodwill Hunting' here's what the Nigerian filmmaker is watching while stuck at home in Lagos.

Kayode Kasum, like most filmmakers, has been stagnated by the coronavirus pandemic. The director behind the blockbuster Sugar Rush and the critically acclaimed Oga Bolaji was working on the post-production of his upcoming movies, The Fate of Alakada: Party Planner and Kambili—a collaboration between FilmOne Entertainment and Chinese Huahua Media— when the Nigerian government announced the lockdown order.

While post-production on Alakada has concluded, the stay-at-home orders have delayed work on Kambili. "Since the team cannot meet at a single point, we are moving hard drives left and right," he says to me over the phone from his home in Lagos. "It is a challenge, but the beautiful thing about a challenge is, when you make it work, it is fulfilling."

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Kasum has turned to books and films for an escape from the unpleasant realities of the pandemic. "I have been reading Elnathan's books: Born on a Tuesday and Becoming Nigeria," he tells me. "I have also been reading film directing books, Directing Actors by Judith Weston." However, Kasum longs for the movies. "I miss going to the cinemas; I miss that experience," he says. "There are times during this pandemic that I'm like 'na wa o, I wish I can go to the cinema.'"

Below are five films he recommends you watch during this pandemic.

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