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LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 29: Wizkid performs live on stage at Royal Albert Hall on September 29, 2017 in London, England.

Wizkid Set to Headline Virtual Edition of Friends of Amstel Festival

Nigerian superstar Wizkid is reportedly the headline act for this year's virtual edition of South Africa's annual Friends of Amstel music festival.

Nigerian artist Wizkid is reportedly set to headline South Africa's Friends of Amstel festival this year. The annual music festival, which will run weekly performances every Saturday on Channel O, will be a virtual affair with performances being streamed and broadcasted to fans' screens. Friends of Amstel will premiere this month on March 27th at 14h00 (South African time) and feature several other artists including DBN GOGO, Khuli Chana, Spokenpriestess, Focalistic and more as part of the spectacular line-up.


READ: Listen to Wizkid's 'Made In Lagos' Interview with Apple Music

Dimakatso Napiane, Amstel South Africa's Senior Brand Manager, says the following about the annual event:

"Friends of Amstel is the physical manifestation of Amstel Lager's timelessness bringing new and old friends together through the celebration of music. The property has the ability to come alive in many different formats. It has been a physical event, it has been a Master Session series and now it's a virtual event. This keeps Friends coming back with renewed excitement each time."

Speaking about the exciting news, Wizkid says, "I love South Africa, I am grateful for the support my fans give me and we are going to turn up together." The artist goes on to add that, "With so many events now held online, this festival is exciting, and I cannot wait to see all the other acts perform."

The 2019 edition of the music festival was the last time the festival was hosted as an in-person event and featured the likes of Samthing Soweto, Kabza De Small, House DJ duo Kentphonik and more.

The news comes after Wizkid released his highly anticipated album Made in Lagos last year. The 14-track project, which has since broken several streaming records on a number of platforms, features music heavyweights such as Burna Boy, Skepta, Damian Marley, Tems, H.E.R. and several more artists. Listen to the album here.

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Spotlight: Ethiopian Brand Kunjina Is On a Fashion Metamorphosis

Founder and creative director Kunjina Tesfaye speaks on her namesake brand, and how her personal evolution manifests through the unique garments.

In our 'Spotlight' series, we highlight the work of photographers, visual artists, multimedia artists, and more who are producing vibrant, original work.

In our latest piece, we spotlight Ethiopian fashion brand, Kunjina. The Addis Ababa based label focuses on ready-to-wear fashion and empowering woman through their garments and designs. Creator Kunjina Tesfaye established the brand in 2017 in her home country Ethiopia, and has since shared her distinctive designs with the world. Each garment acts as a physical embodiment of Kunjina's life experiences, and the stages we all go through to become closer to ourselves. "When the work comes from a personal place, it portrays a true feeling therefore the output becomes Authentic", the young designer says on the website. Each garment is carefully and intentionally created, as the company prides themselves on their choice to reduce unnecessary waste -- often times what happens with brands focused on trends.

Responses have been edited for length and clarity.

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