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South African Telenovela 'The River' has Been Nominated for an International Emmy

This is the popular telenovela's first International Emmy nomination.

One of South Africa's beloved telenovelas, The River, has received its first ever International Emmy nomination in the category of "Best Telenovela", according to IOL. The River will go up against other telenovelas from Columbia, Argentina as well as Portugal. The 47th installment of the International Emmy Awards will take place on November 25th of this year and will be held at the Hilton in New York.


The River comprises a star-studded cast with renowned talents such as Sindi Dlathu, Hlomla Dandala, Sello Maake Ka-Ncube and Moshidi Motshegwa, among several others. Dlathu, who is the lead actress of the show, plays the formidable role of Lindiwe Dlamini, a mining mogul whose mine is facing financial ruin. However, after the discovery of a large diamond, a feud begins between her family and another, the Mokoenas, and unspeakable acts driven by greed are committed.

One of the prominent cast members, Dandala, describes the show saying that, "The story is very current, relevant, and is told in a very fresh way. It mirrors what is happening in our own country where the rich people are getting richer, and the poor are getting poorer. I found the script fresh, and I enjoyed the twists in the storyline."

The show, which was created by Gwydion Beynon and Phathutshedzo Makwarela, is an undeniable favorite among the South African audience and regularly trends on social media after each episode airs during the week.

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It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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