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Legendary Cape Verdean Singer Cesária Évora Honored With Google Doodle

Today would have been the "Barefoot DIva's" 78th birthday.

Today's Google Doodle is a tribute to the late Cape Verdean icon Cesária Évora on what would have been her 78th birthday.

The doodle shows the renowned vocalist performing against a backdrop of a colorful coastal town, which depicts the city of Mindelo where she was born. The Google in Africa Twitter page, shared the artwork on their Twitter page, adding in fun facts about the singer and her many accomplishments.


The singer, known as the "Barefoot Diva, for her affinity for performing without shoes, was also considered the "Queen of Morna," the rythmic and poetic style of music, which often includes lyrics sung in Cape Verdean Creole. She received international acclaim for her work, becoming the foremost musical ambassador of the sounds of Cape Verde.

Evora began her career in the 1960, when she began singing on Portuguese cruise ships. Her big break wouldn't come until 1985 when she was discovered by a local producer after a performance in Lisbon. She released her first commercial album with 1988's La Diva Aux Pieds Nus. She is perhaps best known, however, for her seminal 1992 album Miss Perfumado,which included one of her biggest songs "Sodade."

She earned her first Grammy nomination in 1995 for her album Cesária, and her first Grammy win in the World Music cateogry in 2003. She won three KORA All African Music Awards during a single ceremony in 1997, and went on to win the "Merit of the Jury" award twice during her storied career. Her philanthropic work included being an ambassador for the UN World Food Programme.

The signer's work has been highly influential for a number of African artists including Stromae, who dedicated his 2014 song "Ave Cesaria" to the singer.

Today we celebrate the artist's unique legacy. Revisit the singer's 2004 performance of "Sodade" below.

CESARIA EVORA - Sodade. Live In Paris at Le Grand Rex, April 2004. (HD).www.youtube.com

Photo Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Idris Elba Wants to Build a Film Studio In Tanzania

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

During the US-Africa Leaders Summit’s; Africa Digital Innovation Competitors event, he did not hesitate to place the importance of the African entertainment market at the forefront of his conversation.

“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.

While there are no new updates on the move to build the studio in Tanzania, it seems as though the process is underway.

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The Best Amapiano Songs Out Right Now

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It's only been few weeks in and 2023 is already promising to be one of the most impactful years for amapiano internationally.

The recent announcements of Uncle Waffles and Major League DJz being billed to play at Coachella and Tomorrowland, respectively, earmarks the continuing steady rise of amapiano on the global stage. Drake (who recently likened listening to Kelvin Momo’s music to a religious experience) included some ‘piano tracks in his DJ set at a listening session in NYC. After its introduction to the festival last year, Afrochella’s Piano People stage is also heading to Miami this coming May with the likes of Focalistic, Musa Keys, Vigro Deep and TxC expected to perform.

With that said, we introduce our monthly round-up, solely dedicated to amapiano. Here are the amapiano songs and music videos that caught our attention this month.

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The Best Ghanaian Songs Out Right Now

Featuring Sarkodie, Shatta Wale, Bisa Kdei, Darkovibes, Kelvyn Boy, and more.

We’re at the top of a brand new year, and you know what that means: brand new music!.Our favorite Ghanaian artists have already begun to stir things up with brand new tunes. From history-making collaborations to drill posse cuts, we bring you all the new heat from Ghana. Check out our picks of the best Ghana music of the month below.

For more music lists, check out our Songs You Need to Hear This Week roundups and our regional monthly lists for Nigeria, South Africa, and East Africa.

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