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There's a New Hero in Town—His Name Is Sandale-man

These Senegalese filmmakers are making superhero cinema magic on a shoe-string budget.

The Sandale Man is a force to be reckoned with. Like the friendly neighborhood Spiderman, he protects and aids the people of Senegal from petty criminals and felons alike. Although the Sandale Man is often shown hilariously saving the day by slapping criminals upside of their heads or across town with his mighty sandals, he actually offers much more.


Distributed and presented by Sen Network, a YouTube Channel by local Senegalese filmmakers, La Légend de Sandale-man made its debut back in December of 2015. The creators' original intent was to create a mock-superhero film about a young hero whose special skillset is kicking butts with superhuman, sandal throwing accuracy and customized sandal weaponry. Yet the joke gained clout by many, receiving over 29k views on YouTube. The cast was soon featured on local tv news stations and BBC News.

Unlike Hollywood's Marvel and DC franchises, The Sandale-man films were not created on a big budget. Considering their limitations, Jean Jacques Toue, co-director of the Sandale-man films, and his fellow crew members, were still able to create stunning comic books to incorporate in the film, with an intro reminiscent of Marvel's trademark comic-book film intros, witty storytelling, and decent special effects. Most importantly, the Sandale-man is a beautiful representation of African producers coming together to both support one another and expand the Senegalese film and entertainment industry without waiting for outside assistance. They are a group of filmmakers who have decided to put the works of producers in Africa first and foremost.

As Toue put it in a recent interview with BBC News Minute, "We appreciate the film, Black Panther. It's beautifully written. But what bothers me, there are many African film producers but they don't benefit from the same support. We have to realize that sometimes we should favor our own productions instead of others."

Watch the first installment, La Légend de Sandale-man below. The sequel, Sandale-man 2: Arc du Révolutionnaire is now available on YouTube.

Zubaydah Bashir is a filmmaker and writer from South Orange, New Jersey. Follow her for updates on her latest editorials and film projects on Instagram @zu_thecute, or on her website.

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Interview: Lady Du, Amapiano’s Sultry-Voiced Superstar, Is Smashing The Glass Ceiling

In conversation with amapiano star Lady Du about her rise, spirituality and considering herself a kwaito queen.

Lady Du is currently one of the hottest voices in amapiano. Born into a family of musicians, her father DJ Choc and uncle DJ Zan D are reputable deejays and producers. Lady Du, real name Dudu Ngwenya, first learned how to play at the tender age of nine. Since then and during her early adult life, she had been trying to get a successful break into the music industry. Though she made songs with renowned producers such as DJ Clock, DJ Mshega and DJ Maphorisa (back when he still did gqom) in 2013, 2014 and 2018 respectively, her breakthrough only came under a year ago through the track "Superstar", alongside revered amapiano deejay and producer Mr JazziQ.

Lady Du's musical journey speaks to her resilience, and her success can rightfully be attributed to her perseverance. On "Superstar", Lady Du sings about aspiring to superstardom, even going as far as mentioning some South African celebrities that she looks up to! Today, her name is listed among the very stars she once mentioned on the track. Since 2020, she has collaborated with heavyweights like Oskido, Cassper Nyovest, Khuli Chana, Focalistic, De Mthuda, Josiah De Disciple, Busta 929, DBN Gogo and many others. Her signature sultry voice, which sometimes resembles that of a baby, can also be heard on some of amapiano's biggest smash hits like "Umsebenzi Wethu", "Dakiwe", "Catalia", "Woza", "GUPTA" and more.

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