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3 MultiChoice Talent Factory Alumni Travel To USA For Prestigious New York Film Academy Scholarship

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The renowned film school, the New York Film Academy will open its doors to MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) alumni Mainala Silondwa (Zambia), Gilbert Bassey (Nigeria) and Hillary “Hillax” Lanogwa (Kenya). The alumni, one from each of MultiChoice Talent Factory’s three campuses in West, East and Southern Africa, were selected as top of their classes for the prestigious full-tuition award.

Mainala is a Director and Screenwriter who co-wrote the screenplay for final-year MTF student film, The Painting whilst Hillax is a Cinematographer who was camera operator for MTF student films Ensulo and Promises and Gilbert is a Producer, Director and Editor who was Assistant Director on MTF student film Dreamchaser, which he also composed all of the music for.

Part of the inaugural MTF cohort, the Class of 2019 Mainala and Hillary will travel to the US tomorrow to participate in the New York Film Academy (NYFA) eight-week filmmaking workshop whilst Gilbert will start the programme at a later date. This once in a lifetime opportunity expands on MTF’s mission to empower emerging filmmakers through training, skills and creative development. “All of us at the New York Film Academy are extremely proud to have MultiChoice Talent Factory Academy’s special award alumni Mainala Silondwa, Hillary Lanogwa and Gilbert Bassey join us in January for their 8-week filmmaking workshops at NYFA’s New York City Campus. These astonishingly talented filmmakers who each have the passion and commitment to become creative professionals will certainly excel in our programs, which will immerse them in NYFA’s philosophy of hands-on intensive learning. On behalf of the New York Film Academy I want to welcome Mainala, Hillary and Gilbert to follow your passion and join us here at NYFA,” says Jim Miller, NYFA Vice President.

As the MultiChoice Africa’s flagship Corporate Social Value (CSV) initiative, MTF Academy’s 12-month training programme is distinctly designed to train the next generation of African film and TV creatives in partnership with stakeholders across the continent and globe. One such international partner is the New York Film Academy. “Through strategic partnerships with widely acclaimed institutions such as the New York Film Academy, Africa’s creative industries are enriched through skills sharing and exposure to global best practice. We’re excited for our Alumni and we hope that this opportunity will empower them to tell authentic African stories to a global audience,” says Reatile Tekateka, Executive Head of Corporate Affairs, MultiChoice Africa.

“This is so exciting! New York Film Academy has produced some of the most prolific filmmakers, so this scholarship is an opportunity I cannot wait to take. I am expecting a challenge because at the end of the day, the United States has one of the most established film industries. So, I want to give myself the chance to now start directing more content. This will be a great platform for me to put my best foot forward, as well as to make mistakes. I think that is how I will learn.” Mainala Silondwa

“I cried tears of joy when I was awarded this scholarship. I feel like I’m living my dream. I major in cinematography, so I want to find out more about the cinematography in Hollywood, as well as wider film practices in the US. We’ve heard so many stories about big production in US, so I am looking forward to experiencing it hands-on, networking with students, and bringing all that I learn back home, so that I can share it with colleagues and friends in Africa.” – Hillary Lanogwa

“It’s the first time that I will travelling out of Nigeria, and it is to do something that I love. I look forward to what this will bring to my career – it’s undoubtedly a big step on the path to mastery. Being a part of Multichoice Talent Factory was a solid experience, so this, I believe, will build on that. I’m looking forward to learning more about production and the business of filmmaking, such as using the little that we have to push us forward. Because, at the end of the day, Hollywood is our competition and as African filmmakers, we have to level up in so many ways. So, I’m hoping the NYFA scholarship will actualize that levelling up.”Gilbert Bassey

Divided between hands-on instruction in class and production, the eight-week filmmaking workshop at NYFA is designed for creatives who wish to study the craft of filmmaking in an intensive environment, and challenges students to produce five films over a period of two months. During the last four weeks of the programme, each student writes, directs, and edits a final film of up to ten minutes. These films will be showcased at a screening in New York, and students who successfully complete the workshop receive a NYFA certificate and a digital master copy of all their projects

A critical platform for film and TV creatives, the New York Film Academy has lent support to African content creators by hosting workshops across the continent and names African film and TV stars such as Banky Wellington, Kemi Adesoye and Natasha Thahane among its star-studded list of African alumini. Continuing its efforts to fortify film development internationally, as well as its ongoing partnership with MultiChoice Africa, New York Film Academy will add these rising video entertainment creatives to their alumni network.

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Toni Amani Releases New Music “Do For You”

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Toni Amani is a rising Afrobeat artist, Ghanaian by Nationality but born and raised in the United States. His love for music started at very tender age with a lot of guidance and support from his parents.

Tony Amani – Do For You Cover Art

His latest single “Do For You” is a chill Afrobeat song where Tony affirms his affection for his baby girl and assures her he will go all out and do anything for her just like she does for him. The song was produced by The late Dokta Frabz.

This dance music will be peoples favorite just like Davido’s IF song.

Toni Amani’s career has always been inspired by Tekno, Davido and Kidi.

Stream “Do For You” Here: https://starbuzzmusic.lnk.to/DoForYou

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Gidochi Releases Official Video for “You P3”

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After a successful release of his Mixed Feelings Acoustic video in April, and recent activities of teasing
new images on his social media platforms, Gidochi finally presents us with another extraordinary visuals to complement his classy and well produced record titled “You P3“.
The beautiful song which was lifted from his Mixed Feelings EP conveys the message of assurance for a
lover. It has been a favorite of many since its release in November 2020.
The enchanting visuals directed by Ghana’s Kobe Outta features the talented singer riding on a vintage
motorcycle while having a fun time with his girl.
The rest of the video also displays captivating scenes with Gidochi showing vulnerable emotions.
More importantly the clip synchs with the concept of the song.
It is impressive to say the ‘Supernova Records‘ signee’s music videos over the past years have been
works of art. His music video XXL, was recently nominated in the ‘best edited’ and ‘best photography”
categories at this year’s 4syte Music video awards.
The “High With Me” composer has not only proven to be an amazing singer, he has also proven to be a
professional musician by serving memorable visuals that connects audiences to his music.

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Gidochi

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Video Premiere: Kay Bryn – Money

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Ghanaian Hip-hop sensation Kay Bryn has a new one and calls this one “Money” In a special interview with Starbuzz TV when asked about the inspiration behind this song he said “I got the inspiration by a comedy skit which was circulating on social media. It was about a man telling his girlfriend how wild he is thinking of how to make money and so the girlfriend shouldn’t disturb him or try not to seduce him.

Money has always been the ultimate goal for a lot of millennials and I have decided to motivate people through my music about the right way of getting that money. Drill was the best way to do this and I believe this will be the jam for this summer and beyond”.

Stream Money on all digital platforms here: https://starbuzzmusic.lnk.to/KayBryn-Money

Watch official music video of Money below:

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