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Michaela Coel Set to Star In Upcoming Feature-Length Musical 'Been So Long'

The 'Chewing Gum' showrunner is the lead in a new London-set musical 'Been So Long.'

If you're like us and can't seem to get enough of Chewing Gum showrunner, Michaela Coel, then you'll be just as excited to know that the British-Ghanian actress will star in an upcoming full-length feature based on a popular stage musical that premiered at London's Young Vic theater back in 2009.


Been So Long, is a modern love story that follows Simone (Coel), a single mother who falls for a stranger during a night out in London's, vibrant Camden neighborhood. "Set against the backdrop of an ever-changing city, Been So Long is a fresh take on love, life and moving on," reports Shadow and Act.

We'll get a chance to see Coel's musical chops, as the cast features a slew of talented dancers and singers including Arinzé Kene, George Mackay, Ronke Adekoluejo and more. The film's soundtrack is said to feature an eclectic mix of originally produced R&B, UK dance, and neo-soul songs.

She's already captured our hearts as Tracey on Chewing Gum, and she'll likely do so again when we see her on the big screen!

The latest season of Chewing Gum hits Netflix on April 4!

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Rema Welcomes 2021 With New Single 'Bounce'

The Don Jazzy produced track reminds us of why the Nigerian singer-songwriter is topping charts.

Nigerian golden boy Rema took his time on deciding how to start of 2021—and we're glad he did.

The afropop hitmaker is out with his first project of the year, "Bounce", after stunning fans with word of an upcoming album, and the cooks in this kitchen have not disappointed.

Keeping it in the Mavin Records family, legendary producer Don Jazzy sprinkles his magic on the track, while undoubtedly motivating the young singer-songwriter to be his best self. And with this track being like nothing we've heard from Rema before, one could say Jazzy succeeded. "Bounce", fast-paced and fierce, is a love song dedicated to bewitchingly beautiful and blessed bottoms. The candid declaration and hip shaking beat are a force duo and we can't help but love it.

Of the single and collaboration with head honcho Don Jazzy, Rema says, "This record was inspired by the luscious and magnificent body of the African woman. Furthermore, I'm really excited about this tune because it's my first single with the legendary Don Jazzy."

Honestly, when you start the year off with a banger, you get to make songs about butts.

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