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Idris Elba To Helm New Adaptation of 'Hunchback of Notre Dame' With Netflix

Elba will be director, producer, star, and music director, is there anything he can't do?

We all remember the Disney childhood classic film, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the dark, romantic animated film based off of the novel written by French author Victor Hugo. For Idris Elba to be at the wheel of yet another film adaptation of the classic novel is a welcome surprise.

The actor is set to produce and star in the film, and he's also producing the soundtrack. Idris will take on the role of protagonist Quasimodo.


It's hard to believe the actor is human with all that he has going on right now. He is also the creator, executive producer, and lead actor in several other film and TV projects. The untitled adaptation will be yet another major project with Netflix alongside his series, Turn Up Charlie, which is currently in pre-production.

As reported by Hollywood Reporter, Elba will be working with screenwriter Michael Mitnick (The Giver, The Current War) on the production. Although plot details remain sparse, a quick examination of Mitnick's writing shows that the film will likely deal with themes about identity, love and hope with societal commentary like many of his other works, and we're guessing the film will have a fresh, modern take with Elba being involved.

Although Elba can do nearly all things, one big question remains: is he going to pass as Quasimodo?

Guess we'll have to wait and see.

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Tekno Recruits Mafikizolo in New Remix of 'Enjoy' & Music Video

Tekno has dropped the remix to 'Enjoy' featuring South African Afropop duo, Mafikizolo. The Nigerian artist has also shared the vibrant accompanying visuals for the remix.

Tekno has recently dropped the remix to his upbeat and electric single "Enjoy" which was released towards the end of last year. The Nigerian artist has now enlisted South African Afropop duo, Mafikizolo, who have added their signature flair to both the remix itself and the accompanying visuals. The remix comes after Tekno's most recent single "Kata" which dropped last year as well as his debut 14-track album, Old Romance.
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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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Watch YoungstaCPT's New Music Video for 'Kleurling'

YoungstaCPT explores, with great profundity, the complexity of Coloured identity and culture in his latest music video for 'Kleurling'.

South African rapper YoungstaCPT has released the music video for his track "Kleurling". The song features on his debut album 3T, the 22-track project which dropped in 2019. While "Kleurling" translates from Afrikaans to "Coloured", a member of a specific racial group in South Africa, the rapper has revealed his aversion to the term because of its historical implications. The visuals for the track, however, are an exquisite passage through Coloured identity, culture and origin with the cinematic execution to match.

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Muzi has released astonishing afro-futuristic visuals for his latest electro fusion single 'Interblaktic', off his forthcoming album.