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South African Film 'Bogoshi Bjaka' Scoops Two International Awards.

South African Film 'Bogoshi Bjaka' Scoops Two International Awards

South African film 'Bogoshi Bjaka' has won two awards for 'Best Feature Film' and 'Best Women Filmmaker' at the Crownwood International Film Festival.

The Crownwood International Film Festival has awarded 'Bogoshi Bjaka' two awards for 'Best Feature Film' and 'Best Women Filmmaker' for Lizzy Moloto. Directed by Percy L Maboane, 'Bogoshi Bjaka' is the latest South African movie to make waves in the international circuit.


'Bogoshi Bjaka' is a suspense-filled thriller that focuses on a Pedi Royal House where two brothers war over their ailing father's throne. 'Bogashi Bjaki' takes on a "Cain and Abel" premise where Mothapo, the older brother, is expected to take on the throne but his younger jealous brother, Lerumo, contests him. The conflict not only angers the ancestors but makes their father gravely ill. The Royal House is then split into factions and the fight for power ensues. Women, spiritual diviners, money and natural strength are weapons of the war. The film is performed purely in the Sepedi language and the actors' performances are engrossing.

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Sepedi is one of South Africa's eleven official languages and is spoken by a small fraction of South Africa's population. Pedi director Maboane expressed immense pride on hearing that the film had won two international awards and congratulated producer Moloto for winning best filmmaker.

"We are delighted that the film won an award for producer Lizzy Moloto in National Women's Month," director Maboane expressed in a TimesLive report.

'Bogoshi Bjaka' was also nominated for best film at the Hollywood International Golden Film Awards in Los Angeles on the 17th of August and made it to the finals.

The film stars Sipho Eric Ndlovu, David Mello, Innocent Sadiki and South African stalwarts Charles "Big Boy" Maja and Candy Moloi who both passed away early this year.

Watch the trailer below:

BOGOSHI BJAKA (The Throne) www.youtube.com

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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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