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Veteran South African Actress Thembi Mtshali-Jones Will Receive the 'Living Legends' Award

The award will be presented to her at the 2019 National Theater Festival in North Carolina this week.

Thembi Mtshali-Jones is a South African actress, playwright and singer whose near five-decade long career has seen her grace both local and international stages. From particularly humble beginnings to acting alongside some of the world's most talented actors and actresses, Mtshali-Jones is undeniably deserving of the "Living Legends" Award she will be receiving abroad at the National Theater Festival in North Carolina this week. The award recognizes her lifelong contribution to the performing arts.


The South African actress, now 70, started off as a domestic worker in the city of Durban while she tried to secure any acting gigs that came her way. In 1972, the equally legendary South African poet, Gcina Mhlophe, introduced Mtshali-Jones to the industry. Since then, she's become a household name and has gone on to perform in New York with the cast of Ipi Ntombi, starred in the local television series Stokvel, M-Net's soccer drama League of Glory, local drama series Scandal! and The Queen, among several others.

Back in 2009 and 2015, Mtshali-Jones received the Lifetime Achievement Award which was presented by the City of Durban and the Arts and Culture Trust respectively.

Speaking about the award she will be receiving soon, Mtshali-Jones said that, "Looking back at the work that I have done to date and receiving these coveted awards, they all point to the longevity I have achieved in my career and are signs of God's breath of life on my journey in this business." She went on to add that, "It is really about how far you can go and how far you can take your talent, and I am therefore proof that you can take it as far as you want to."

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Nigerian Feature Film 'Eyimofe' Set to Premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival

This is the first independent film from Nigeria to premiere at the festival.

Nigerian feature film Eyimofe is set to premiere at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival (BIFF) which will begin today, according to PulseNG.

Eyimofe (translated to "this is my desire"), which tells the story of migrants and their pursuit for better lives in Europe (Italy and Spain specifically), is the first independent film from Nigeria to premiere at the festival.

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In Conversation with Daniel Kaluuya and Melina Matsoukas: 'This isn't a Black Bonnie and Clyde film—our stories are singular, they're ours.'

'Queen and Slim' lands in South Africa.

Melina Matsoukas and Daniel Kaluuya are everything their surroundings at the opulent Saxon Hotel are not—down-to-earth and even comedic at times. Despite the harsh lights and cameras constantly in their faces, they joke around and make the space inviting. They're also eager to know and pronounce the names of everyone they meet correctly. "It's Rufaro with an 'R'? Is that how you say it?" Kaluuya asks me as he shakes my hand.

Matsoukas, a two-time Grammy award winning director and Kaluuya, an A-list actor who's starred in massive titles including Black Panther and Get Out, have every reason to be boastful about their achievements and yet instead, they're relatable.

The duo is in South Africa to promote their recent film Queen Slim which is hitting theaters today and follows the eventful lives of a Black couple on the run after killing a police officer. It's a film steeped in complexity and layered themes to do with racism, police brutality and of course Black love.

We caught up with both of them to talk about just what it took from each of them to bring the powerful story to the big screen.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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K.O Releases ‘Killa Combo’ Featuring Zingah, Loki, Tellaman and Mariechan

Listen to the first single released under K.O's new imprint Skhandaworld.

The last time we spoke to K.O., he revealed that one of his goals for the year is to launch Skhandaworld, a newly launched imprint founded by the South African emcee. The up-and-coming rapper Loki was a top priority as he is the first signee under the label.

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Burna Boy Announces 'Twice As Tall' World Tour Dates

The Nigerian star will be playing shows across North America and Europe this summer.

Burna Boy is hitting the road again.

Following the celebrated release of African Giant—which came with nominations at both the Grammys & BRIT Awards and a trophy for Best International Act at the BET Awards—the Nigerian star will be embarking on a long run of shows that will take him across North America and Europe.

The Twice As Tall World Tour will kick off in May in Atlanta, and will see Burna Boy playing concerts across the US, Canada, Norway, France, Portugal, UK, Netherlands, Sweden, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and more locations.

You can check out the full tour dates for Twice As Tall World Tour below and revisit Burna Boy's performance for Okay Acoustics.

Tickets are available now.

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