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South African Animators Colour Outside of the Lines in New Documentary

South African Animators Colour Outside of the Lines in New Documentary

Watch the new 25-minute documentary 'Also For Grownups: Emerging Voices In South African Animation' which is now available on Showmax.

A new 25-minute documentary titled Also For Grownups: Emerging Voices In South African Animation is now available on Showmax and explores South Africa's explosive animation scene back in 2019 as a result of Netflix's first animated Original from Africa, Triggerfish's series Mama K's Team 4. Created by Zambian writer Malenga Mulendema, the series follows four teenage girls living in the neo-futuristic African city of Lusaka, Zambia, where they get recruited by a retired secret agent who strives to save the world. Also For Grownups: Emerging Voices In South African Animation was directed by Tim Wege and Pete O'Donoghue and highlights the future of the next generation of African animators.

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While Black people are taking up space in as many industries as they possibly can, many of these spaces remain dominated by white folks. Animation is certainly no different. However, as more opportunities arise and Black animators are given their dues (think Peter Ramsey winning an Oscar for "Best Animated Feature" for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) there is tremendous potential for African animators especially to tell their own stories. Showmax's Also For Grownups: Emerging Voices In South African Animation does just that.

The documentary features the likes of Dipopaai Studios founders Sthembiso Mpehle and Kearatwa KK Sedidi, Kasi Sketchbook founders Ntako Terence 'Tako' Maluleke and Simangaliso 'Panda' Sibaya to even Ramsey himself. It seeks to rigorously challenge stereotypes about animation in Africa with one of the participants saying, "The biggest thing we're trying to break is the stereotype that animation is for kids." He goes on to add, "That's the biggest thing in Africa and South Africa where if you make animation it's for kids whereas when you go overseas, animation is everyone." And hence the apt title of the documentary.

Watch the documentary here on Showmax.


Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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