Today (Friday 19 March), BBC Radio 1Xtra has launched Africa 360 – a week of specially curated content celebrating African music and culture.
Africa 360 will guarantee a destination for good vibes, fun and high energy with exclusive live performances, special interviews, artist takeovers and brand new mixes for BBC Sounds.
During 1Xtra Breakfast with Nadia Jae this morning, the station introduced its Africa 360 playlist which will run through to 1Xtra Weekend Breakfast with Remi Burgz on Sunday 21 March. 100% of the music played on 1Xtra across this weekend will be from the continent of Africa covering North, South, East, West and Central and will include features from some of the hottest artists from these regions such as Aya Nakamura, Diamond Platnumz, Focalistic, ElGrandeToto, Sha Sha, Omah Lay, Tiwa Savage and Jae5.
The celebrations will continue on-air championing the sounds, vibes and culture of Africa. On Sunday 21 March, DJ Edu will host a special Old Skool show (11am-1pm) looking back at some of the biggest moments in African music and reminiscing on old school tunes. Meanwhile, Richie Brave will host a 1Xtra Talks Africa special (9-10pm) looking at some of the social movements across the continent, in places like Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, Uganda, Eritrea and Ethiopia, speaking to young people who are active in these movements.
Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Wizkid will present the first of 1Xtra’s Africa 360 with… mix, which will take listeners on a musical journey of discovery across the continent. For this ambitious project, there will be twenty mixes each presented by a different artist from each region of the continent. All twenty mixes will represent an eclectic mix of genres including Afrobeats, Afro Pop, Afrobashment, Ghanaian Drill and SA House. The mix will be updated with a new episode every Monday on BBC Sounds from 22 March and will also be broadcast on 1Xtra.
From 25 March there will also be a special Amapiano to AfroHouse mix available on BBC Sounds which will bring the biggest names in Amapiano and AfroHouse to 1Xtra every week to deliver exclusive mixes from DJs such as: DJ Maphorisa, Major League DJs, DBN Gogo, Em Coco, Sef Kombo, Supa D, Mr Silk and DJ Aries plus many more.
To round off the week of festivities, on Thursday 25 March there will be an epic Live Lounge performance from Nigerian music star Davido. This will debut during Yasmin Evans and Ace’s show (11am-3pm) and will be available to watch on 1Xtra’s YouTube Channel and BBC iPlayer.
DJ Edu says: “It’s amazing to see how far the African music scene has grown and evolved over the years and just how important 1Xtra has been in its growth being the 1st national station in the UK to host a regular African Show and I’m honoured to be an integral part of that journey. And now a whole weekend of African music from across the continent! #Levels.”
Remi Burgz says: “This is exciting! Africa 360 signifies the growing appreciation of African music here in the UK. Even more so it’s growth and influence worldwide is something you just can’t ignore. You’re going to learn something new, you’re going to hear bangers oh and bring a bottle of water – because you’re definitely going to dance!”
Faron McKenzie, Head of 1Xtra, says: “As a network 1Xtra has always been at the forefront of championing the African music scene and it’s important we continue to do so, not only by supporting current artists but by investing in the next generation of African artists. 1Xtra’s ‘Africa 360 with…’ BBC Sounds series will authentically showcase the varied sounds from the continent spearheaded by icons of that region, whilst our ‘Amapiano to AfroHouse’ music mixes will become a destination to hear the latest sounds from the pioneers and champions of this new and exciting genre.”
Guinness Unfolds An Incredible Story Of Black Shines Brightest With Incredible Zigi
Guinness has, in a bid to tell compelling stories of pan African creatives, partnered with Afro and hip-hop Ghanaian dancer Incredible Zigi, for a campaign themed ‘Black Shines Brightest’.
‘Black Shines Brightest’ is a new Pan African campaign celebrating the iconic black liquid enjoyed all over the continent for over a century. This exciting new campaign is inspired by the bold and unique black beer of Guinness stout and brings together passionate and creative individuals to celebrate the spirit of Guinness and its home across African markets.
Incredible Zigi has been in the spotlight and worked with top-notch African musicians and record labels such as Mavin Records, P Square, Davido, Patoranking, Stonebowy, Shatta Wale, and a plethora of others.
Michael Amofa, popularly known as Incredible Zigi hails from the Eastern Region of Ghana and was born on the 17th of October. Incredible Zigi is one of the main pillars that have highly influenced the youth positively through dance.
Zigi has achieved quite a lot in his career as a dancer; He is the first Ghanaian Dance Artist to ever get featured on several articles including the famous Global Grind twice, booked in other countries such as Nigeria, Rwanda, Russia and UK respectively.
In telling the Black story, Zigi is partnering with Guinness to work with real culture makers from across the continent who demonstrate how Black Shines Brightest in a range of different ways. These individuals will create moments, events and content to be enjoyed by everyone.
Look out for more details about how you can be a part of the new Black Shines Brightest campaign and find out about Bright House Bars that are popping up in Accra, Kumasi, Takoradi and Tamale. Also, look out for activities on Guinness Ghana social media channels – @GuinnessGhana.
Just like Incredible Zigi, Guinness is bursting with life. It is a flavourful and bold and dynamic beer, sparkling and brimming with energy and exuberance A beer that has brought a dash of magic to millions in Africa and across the world for over 250 years with boldness and vision to live life to the full.
Juliet Bawuah Wins African Woman In Sport Award
The Group Head of Sports at Media General (TV3, 3FM, Onua FM, Onua TV, Connect FM, Akoma FM), Juliet Bawuah has won this year’s African Woman in Sport award at the GSport Awards.
Held in South Africa on Tuesday August 31, Juliet beat off competition from South African footballer Ode Fulutudilu and Violet Jubane, a Zimbabwean football administrator.
“Honoured to have won the Imperial African Woman in Sport award at last night’s GSport Awards in South Africa. This is a win for all African women in sport putting in effort to achieve their set goals. Big thanks to the jury and fans who voted @gsport4girls #gsport16 #SheOwnsHerSuccess,” she posted on Twitter.
The GSport Awards was founded in 2006 by South African Cricket Presenter Kass Naidoo to celebrate and promote African women in sport.
This year marked the award’s 16th edition.
The GSport recognition adds to a tall list of awards and nominations Juliet continues to receive. It is coming on the back of her recent nomination in the 2021 EMY Awards Young Achiever of the Year category.
Her other professional recognitions include: Video Short Feature Shortlist and Video Athlete Profile Shortlist, 2020 International Sport Press Association (AIPS) Awards. Previously, in the same scheme in 2019, she was Top Ranked Entrant (Number 1 work in Africa, 7th in the World – Video Short Feature category); Finalist, Sports Journalist of the Year, National Communications Awards (2020, Ghana), Winner, Sports Journalist of the Year, National Communications Awards (2019, Ghana), Winner, Ghana Outstanding Women Awards (GOWA), Sports Journalist (2019) and Finalist, Sports Media Pearl Awards, Dubai, UAE, 2015).
Prior to TV3, Juliet worked at CITI FM, ETV, Metro TV, Goal, CafOnline, Euronews’ sister station, Africanews. She is also a Contributor for Premier League TV, LA Liga TV, BBC, Aljazeera, and the Turkish broadcaster TRT.
Juliet is Radio Netherlands Training Centre (RNTC) trained and an alumna of the US State Department-sponsored International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). Her other professional affiliations cover Ballon d’Or (Women’s Category) – Member, Voting Jury, CAF African Footballer of the Year – Member, Voting Jury, FourFourTwo Awards – Member, Voting Jury, CAF Media Expert – Member, Panel, International Sports Journalists Association (AIPS) – Member, Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) – Member and the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) – Member.
Juliet is Founder of the Africa Women’s Sports Summit, CEO of Sportted Ghana Limited, a boutique sports agency and also the immediate past Brand & Strategy Relations Manager at Ghana Premier League side Berekum Chelsea.
BBNaija: Biggie Serves The Ultimate Twist As Jackie B And Jay Paul Emerge Heads Of House
For this week’s Head of House (HoH) challenge, the BBNaija Shine Ya Eye housemates were all gingered to bring their A-game after the triple eviction last Sunday night. In a shocking twist, Big Brother told the housemates that tonight’s HoH challenge and nomination process would be rolled into one.
The male and female to finish the fastest would become the ‘Heads’ of House and will share the lounge as well as receive joint immunity. At the end of the challenge, the other 15 housemates will be put up for possible eviction.
The first challenge required the housemates to drink whatever number they roll on the dice. The second challenge required the housemates to eat eggs soaked in a milky concoction before moving on to the next challenge. For challenge number three, the housemates had to enter the slimy pool and pick two keys, which they dropped in a bucket held by a skeleton. The fourth challenge required them to crawl slowly across a slippery path from one end to another. And for the fifth and final challenge, the housemates used a straw to transfer a reddish concoction into beakers.
Saga had the honour of starting the game, but luck wasn’t on his side as he didn’t find any of the keys. Nini took on the challenge, tried very hard not to puke and ended up without a key. WhiteMoney gave it his best but didn’t find a key as well. At the end of the grueling challenge, Jackie B and Jay Paul emerged winners of the double HoH whilst the rest of the housemates were automatically put up for possible eviction on Sunday, 5 September.
The voting lines opened on Monday at 8pm and will close on Thursday, 2nd September at 9pm.
Voting will be on the Africa Magic website and via the MyDStv and MyGOtv apps. Abeg is the headline sponsor of Big Brother Naija season 6, and the associate sponsor is Patricia.
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