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Emtee Shares​ Latest Single 'iThemba' Ahead of Upcoming Album

Emtee has released his new single 'iThemba' ahead of the South African rapper's highly-anticipated third studio album, 'Logan'.

South African rapperEmtee has recently dropped his new single "iThemba". The multi-award winning composer and producer has come through hard with a mood elevating song. "iThemba" comes ahead of his highly-anticipated third studio album, Logan, which comes out this March.


Read: Emtee Shares Visuals For 'Wave'

The single title, "iThemba" means hope or faith and Emtee aims to encourage, inspire and give hope to the youth. The 28-year-old rapper, who launched his own recording label in 2019, uses his own experience of betrayal in the music industry as inspiration for the song. Emtee reportedly shared that the song is dedicated to African youth whose opportunities have been stifled by the COVID-19 pandemic. "iThemba" comes only two weeks after Emtee released visuals for his single "Wave" and is already climbing up the charts.

Logan takes on a personal narrative and is named after the rapper's youngest son. "iThemba" is for music fans who have experienced trials and tribulations but is also, according to Emtee, a manifestation of his will power which he hopes will inspire his sons. Avery, his debut album, was named after his first-born son.

Listen to "iThemba" below.

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Renowned British actor Idris Elba is planning to open up a film studio in Tanzania, reports say.

Celebrated British actor Idris Elba is planning to open a film studio in Tanzania. The news was revealed by Tanzania's Director of Presidential Communications, Zuhura Yunus, during a press conference. According to Yunus, the plan for the studio was set in motion during Elba's meeting with President Samia Suluhu Hassan at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.


“Discussions on the project have just begun, and if successful, the project will help not only Tanzania but also Eastern and Central Africa,” said Yunus.

In the past, Elba, who is also an award-winning actor, filmmaker and musician, has made concerted efforts to be involved in, and contribute to the African entertainment industry. In the past, he has featured on songs with prominent African artists like D'banj, Drizilik, and Phyno, among others. Although he is a celebrated Hollywood actor, Elba has always stayed connected to the motherland and has made several efforts to represent his own Sierra Leonean and Ghanaian roots.

In an interview with South Africa's SA People News in 2022, the British movie star mentioned that he wants to shoot more films in Africa, as well as contribute in building and developing the future of the African film industry.

“Young Africans view me as a leader or a beacon. And I feel like I could bring something. So I’m keen to bring what I’ve learned in media and amplify it in Africa,” the Beast actor said at the time.

During the interview, the actor also mentioned that the continent deserved "real tender care."

“I’m really keen on the development of Africa. My parents come from Africa and more than anywhere in the world, I feel like that continent deserves some real tender care and love and thought.

Elba has historically represented Africa in powerful rooms that he has walked into

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“If there are any investors listening or watching today if you do not consider Africa as a viable investment, you’re not considering yourself or your future. Africa’s future is your own future and vice versa,” said Elba at the time.“We do not need aid anymore, we need innovation. We need partnership,” he added.

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