News Brief

Over R1 Million Raised To Help South African Kids Watch ‘Black Panther’

A conversation between John Kani, Connie Chiume and Anele Mdoda started it all.

On Thursday, R1,039,800 (approximately $86,000) was raised to take over 8,000 South African kids to go see Black Panther in cinemas. This was as a result of a campaign by the radio station 947's breakfast team.


South African actor and actress John Kani and Connie Chiume, who are part of the movie's cast, had an interview with Anele Mdoda on the station. Chiume cited a similar campaign in the States, and Mdoda revealed the station had a relation with Ster Kinekor, so they would make it happen for underprivileged kids to see the movie.

The two actors emphasized on the importance of black kids watching a movie with a superhero who looks like them.

Kani said:

"You look at the movie, and get a comic book hero. Imagine what that does to you as black child somewhere in Africa. It's not Superman, Batman or Spiderman. For the first time, he removes the mask, and you think, 'he looks like me.'"

The station made a callout to its listeners to donate money through a crowdfunding campaign to make this possible. Yesterday, the station tweeted that R1,039,800 had been raised to take over 8,000 kids to see the movie.

Each child will receive a movie ticket, popcorn, a cold drink and doughnuts at the screenings nationwide.

Interview

Angelique Kidjo Writes a Love Letter to 'Mother Nature'

We talk to the Beninese musical icon about assembling her new album on Zoom and the "bigger than COVID-19" threat that lies ahead!

The kind of infectious energy that lives within Angelique Kidjo can't be contained by Zoom. Her zest for life reaches out far beyond any screen, and burns stronger than the fastest internet connection.

"I can't wait until we're in person hugging again," she enthuses soon after joining our Zoom meeting to discuss her latest album Mother Nature. Having been on the receiving end of a hug from the four-time Grammy-winning singer, I know exactly what I'm missing out on. "Me too," I say, as I wrap my arms around my laptop, my face squishing the screen. "No, no," she retorts. "I don't want that. You keep it. I want the real deal," she chuckles, her full-bodied trademark laughter lovingly admonishing me.

The Benin-born musician is preparing to release Mother Nature, a collection of songs reflecting our one Earth, and cementing her status as an African musical icon. Collaborating with the likes of Yemi Alade, Mr Eazi, Burna Boy, Sampa the Great, Shungudzo and more, Kidjo's crossing through time and space, over age and country through Mother Nature's themes and stories. Each track is infused with a vigor that only she possesses — the kind that shares a significant message even as the listener is called to just dance or sing along.

Below, Angelique Kidjo reminisces about making the album, and chats us through her hopes and dreams for it!

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