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The Federal Government is to ammend the Act establishing the National Endowment for the Arts,  to better meet the demands of the creative industry sector. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed disclosed this on Wednesday during a virtual forum of the AU Ministers of Arts, Culture and Heritage on the effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the creative sector. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports the virtual forum organised by...

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The Cannes film festival was canceled and the September jamborees in Venice and Toronto are uncertain, but this week movie lovers are being offered a taste of the film festival experience from the comfort of their homes. The 10-day “We Are One: A Global Film Festival,” starting Friday on YouTube, will feature new and classic movies, talks with directors, and music and comedy curated by 21 festivals including those in Berlin, Cannes, Venice, Toronto and...

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There’s an elegant, almost poetic silence to one of the most compelling scenes of “On the Record,” a powerful new documentary about sexual violence that knows just when to dial down to a hushed quiet. In the early morning darkness of Dec. 13, 2017, former music executive Drew Dixon walks to a coffee shop and buys the New York Times. On the front page is the story in which she and two others accuse the...

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The Venice Film Festival will go ahead as scheduled at the beginning of September. Luca Zaia, Governor of the region around the Italian city made this known on Sunday as the spread of the coronavirus in the country slows. Organised by the Biennale di Venezia Company, Venice is the world’s longest running film festival. In January it announced that Cate Blanchett would preside over its 77th edition. Due to the lockdown imposed on the film...

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Ace Nigerian actor, Yul Edochie, on Monday decried what he called the “drop”  in the quality of Nollywood movies. The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that the thespian shared his thoughts in series of posts on his  Twitter handle. He said there was need for seasoned actors to help revive the quality of Nollywood movies for the industry to retain its place on the global stage. He said: ”The quality of our home videos has...

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Since its first edition in Dallas, Texas, 2015, The African Film Festival (TAFF) has grown to become a veritable cultural, education, and entertainment event to showcase African independent films. This fifth Anniversary edition will be hosted entirely online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 4-day festival will kick off on Tuesday, June 2nd through Saturday, June 6th with film screenings, online workshops, and training sessions, and TAFF Awards ceremony. Kelechi Eke, TAFF founder, and Executive...

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Among other notable achievements, Wole Soyinka made political music. In 1983, he even released an album. In response to a query that sought his thoughts on Bob Dylan’s controversial Nobel Prize win in 2017, Wole Soyinka quipped: “Since I’ve written quite a number of songs for my plays, I would like to be nominated for a Grammy.” Soyinka is popularly known for a number of remarkable things: he is the first African Nobel laureate; he carries an...

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(Reuters) – Little Richard, the self-proclaimed “architect of rock ‘n’ roll” who built his ground-breaking sound with a boiling blend of boogie-woogie, rhythm and blues and gospel, died on Saturday at the age of 87. Richard, a Grammy Award winner and inductee to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame whose electrifying 1950s hits such as “Tutti Frutti” and “Long Tall Sally” and flamboyant stage presence influenced legions of performers, succumbed to cancer. “Little Richard died in...

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Queen Sono may be Netflix’s most popular series, but it may not be the right home for the new wave of African film and television. Netflix has landed in Africa! Traveling through Johannesburg’s downtown and suburbs, it’s hard to ignore that indeed, Netflix has arrived. Johannesburg’s cityscapes have been painted with posters, billboards and murals promoting the streaming giant’s first script-to-screen production in Africa, Queen Sono. Netflix partnered with Johannesburg-based production company Diprente, and with creator/executive...

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Bob Dylan is releasing his first album of new music in eight years following a spurt of creativity from the man regarded as one of the world’s most influential songwriters. Rough and Rowdy Ways” will be released on June 19, according to a brief announcement on Dylan’s official website early on Friday. It will be a double album but no further details were given. The announcement followed the release late on Thursday of a third...