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Boiler Room x Ballantine’s True Music Africa: 2 Days of Performances and Panel Discussions

The grand finale of True Music Africa will take place in Joburg in June.

Johannesburg will be the last stop for Boiler Room x Ballantine's True Music Africa, a four-city tour that unearths pioneering talent and their stories of hustling through the underground music scene to do it for themselves. The last three cities the tour has been to are Cape Town (South Africa), Douala (Cameroon) and Nairobi (Kenya).


The 2-day event will take place on the 20th and 21st of June.

The first day will consist of two panel discussions. Grace Ladoja, who is Skepta's manager, will kick off proceedings with a keynote discussion.

The two panel discussions on Day 1 will be:

1. Tech and culture

A discussion on how the digital age is helping Africa's creatives to innovate. On the panel will be: Kenyan True Music artist, Muthoni Drummer Queen, Phenda Kuta (founder of youth culture magazine, Unlabelled) and Sabelo Mkhabela (South Africa staff writer for OkayAfrica).

2. Club Culture in Africa

A discussion on how the evolving club cultures and new genres are challenging the typical venue set-up. The panel will include the journalist Boni Mnisi (This is What Makes Us Girls), Johannesburg based DJ, Doowap (YFM), Kenny Nzama (aka DJ Kenzhero) and Theresho Selesho (Matchbox Live CEO).

DJ Doowap and the Tembisa-based dance crew, Indigenous Dance Academy will also perform on the day.

On the 21st of June, dance music artist such as DJ Maphorisa, Moonchild Sanelly, Da Capo, Uncle Partytime and Symatics will perform.

Get tickets here.

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'Dhalinyaro' Is the Female Coming-of-Age Story Bringing Djibouti's Film Industry to Life

The must-watch film, from Lula Ali Ismaïl, paints a novel picture of Djibouti's capital city through the story of three friends.

If you're having a tough time recalling the last movie you watched from Djibouti, it's likely because you have never watched one before. With an almost non-existent film industry in the country, Lula Ali Ismaïl, tells a beautiful coming of age story of three young female Djiboutian teenagers at the cusp of womanhood. Dhalinyaro offers a never-before-seen view of Djibouti City as a stunning, dynamic city that blends modernity and tradition—a city in which the youth, like all youth everywhere, struggle to decide what their futures will look like. It's a beautiful story of friendship, family, dreams and love from a female filmmaker who wants to tell a "universal story of youth," but set in the country she loves—Djibouti.

The story revolves around the lives of three young friends from different socio-economic backgrounds, with completely varied attitudes towards life, but bound by a deep friendship. There is Asma, the conservative academic genius who dreams of going to medical school and hails from a modest family. Hibo, a rebellious, liberal, spoiled girl from a very wealthy family who learns to be a better friend as the film evolves and finally Deka. Deka is the binding force in the friendship, a brilliant though sometimes naïve teen who finds herself torn between her divorced mother's ambitions to give her a better life having saved up all her life for her to go to university abroad, and her own conviction that she wants to study and succeed in her own country.

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Stogie T Enlists Nasty C, Boity, Nadia Nakai and More, for ‘The Empire of Sheep’ Deluxe Edition

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Stogie T just shared a deluxe version of his 2019 EP The Empire of Sheep titled EP The Empire of Sheep (Deluxe Unmasked). The project comes with three new songs. "All You Do Is Talk" features fellow South African rappers Nasty C, Boity and Nadia Nakai. New York lyricist appears on "Bad Luck" while one of Stogie T's favorite collaborators Ziyon appears on "The Making."

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