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SEKO SHAMTE

OkayAfrica's 100 Women celebrates African women who are making waves, shattering ceilings, and uplifting their communities.

Seko Shamte is a producer and filmmaker, who is working to put Tanzanian cinema on the map. Shamte noticed a gap in international recognition of the country’s film industry, so she created her production company, Alkemist Media, to help fill it. She’s directed numerous films and documentaries including the popular web series, The A-Team Tanzania, and a cooking show entitled Jikoni na Marion. Last year she debuted her first feature film, Homecoming, a coming of age story which explores Tanzanian identity and values.




Shamte has been a mover and shaker in the Tanzanian media industry for over 15 years. After studying Finance and Media at Marymount Manhattan College in New York, she worked as Head of Programming at East Africa Television before forming her production company. To top it all off—she’s a DJ.



She’s put her country on her back, and is steadily transforming its media industry in the process.



-DD

Interview

Amadou & Mariam Forever

We talk to the legendary Malian duo about their rich past, songwriting process and their advice for young African artists with disabilities.

Amadou & Mariam don't require an introduction.

The couple has been making Afro-blues music for over 35 years, drawing inspiration from their home of Mali, for over 35 years.

Their 1999 albumSou Ni Tilé sold 100,000 copies. In 2005, their album Dimanche à Bamako won the French Victoire de la Musique prize for Best World Music Album of the year and the BBC Radio 3 Award for Africa. It also went platinum in France after selling over 300,000 copies. The duo have performed with U2, Coldplay, Blur and many others.

We caught up with them below for a conversation about their rich past, their songwriting process and their advice for young African artists with disabilities, ahead of the duo's performance at the upcoming London Jazz Festival 2021.

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