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Swazi-Born Actress Noma Dumezweni To Star As Hermione In The Highly-Anticipated ‘Harry Potter’ Play

Swazi-born actress Noma Dumezweni has been cast as Hermione Granger in the London West End reimagining of Harry Potter.


Amazing news from London’s West End. In the forthcoming stage reimagining of Harry Potter, Hermione Granger will be played by the Swazi-born Noma Dumezweni.

Titled Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the Palace theatre production is based on an original story written by Jack Thorne (the play’s writer), John Tiffany (the play’s director) and Harry Potter creator JK Rowling. The show will open in July 2016 as a two-part play intended to be seen in order on the same day (matinee and evening) or on two consecutive evenings. Dumezweni will star alongside Jamie Parker (as adult Harry Potter) and Paul Thornley (as adult Ron Weasley).

The story is set 19 years after the book series ended, and casts Potter as an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three. A synopsis on the play’s website explains:

“While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.”

Born in 1969 in Swaziland to South African parents, Dumezweni, 45, moved to England at a young age. Her work in the 2005 London West End revival of A Raisin In The Sun won her the 2006 Olivier award for best performance in a supporting role. In February, she’ll make her directorial debut with South African writer and playwright Mongiwekhaya’s I See You at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg.

Last month, Dumezweni was heralded for stepping in last minute to fill the title role in Penny Skinner’s Linda after Kim Cattrall withdrew. The actress had just one week to prepare before press night. Speaking with The Guardian on how she managed to pull it off, Dumezweni brought up her South African upbringing:

“I met the company on Friday afternoon, read with them and was blocked so I knew where to move... They said: ‘Don’t worry, just read it.’ So I had my script on stage until the beginning of last week. What’s been amazing is I haven’t had time to think about it. And the company has been extraordinary. I’m from a South African background and there’s this phrase – ubuntu – ‘I am because we are’. And that’s what this is about.”

With one fell tweet, JK Rowling expressed her approval of the casting and dismissed any of the impending backlash: “Canon: brown eyes, frizzy hair and very clever. White skin was never specified. Rowling loves black Hermione”

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9 Must-Hear Songs From Ghana's Buzzing Drill Scene

We give you the rundown on Ghana's drill movement, Asakaa, and the most popular songs birthed by it.

Red bandanas, streetwear, security dogs, and gang signs. If you've been paying any attention to the music scene in Ghana over the past few months, then by now you would have noticed the rise of a special hip-hop movement. The movement is called Asakaa, and it's the Ghanaian take on the Chicago-born subgenre of hip-hop called drill music. It's fresh, it's hot, it's invigorating and it's nothing like anything you've seen before from this part of the world.

The pioneers of Asakaa are fondly referred to by the genre's patrons as the Kumerica boys, a set of budding young rappers based in the city of Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. They came into the limelight towards the end of 2020, and have been dropping banger after banger since then, topping several charts and racking up millions of views collectively. The rap is charismatic, the visuals are captivating, and their swag is urban. Characterized by Twi lyrics, infectious hooks, and sinister beats, the allure and appeal of both their art and their culture is overflowing.

"Sore," one of the benchmark songs of the movement, is a monster hit that exploded into the limelight, earning Kumerican rapper Yaw Tog a feature on Billboard Italy and a recent remix that featured Stormzy. "Ekorso" by Kofi Jamar is the song that took over Ghana's December 2020, with the video currently sitting at 1.3 million views on YouTube. "Off White Flow" is the song that earned rapper Kwaku DMC and his peers a feature on Virgil Abloh's Apple Music show Televised Radio. These are just a few examples of the numerous accolades that the songs birthed from the Asakaa movement have earned. Ghana's drill scene is the new cool, but it isn't just a trend. It's an entire movement, and it's here to stay.

Want to get familiar? Here we highlight the most prominent songs of the Asakaa movement that you need to know. Here's our rundown of Ghana's drill songs that are making waves right now. Check them out below.

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