Are you an African Storyteller?

AFRICA DAY

In celebration of our African history, we would like to invite all our film & television stakeholders in sharing their light as African storytellers.
 The world is currently riddled with a global pandemic that will re-shape all industries in ways unimagined. Let us spread positivity amidst a difficult period in our history and celebrate the role we have played as storytellers, in preserving African film & television.
Are you an African Storyteller?
While social distancing, let us celebrate Africa Day virtually using the hashtag #IAmAnAfricanStoryteller and tagging @NFVFSA
 
Using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn, we encourage you to post an image of yourself, a friend or a colleague, sharing your fondest memories and experiences as a storyteller. Your story matters.

Whether you are a film student/lecturer or an aspiring filmmaker, a Director or an actor, make – up artist or Commissioning editor – you have played an important role in telling our stories and we want to celebrate you.  

Stories are our friends, our counsellors and our teachers. They are a means of nurturing a moral culture in the hearts and minds of people. They bring together people and they break down barriers. It is a tradition we must never lose in the rush to the cities”. – Gcina Mhlophe
 
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#AfricaDay

JST SAKO TURNS A GREETING INTO A MELODY

An African love story is always best told through song and this is what Jst Sako expresses with his latest offering, “Molo.” 

“Molo” (written by Jst Sako & produced by David Hampton & Ellputo) is a song about a simple hello that could be the beginning of what may be a mutually fulfilling romantic relationship between two soulmates.

This song is a poised attempt to admire the beauty of a woman that Jst Sako had hoped to make his own and the words are his way of capturing divinity. Melodically, he was inspired by the atmosphere that the instrumental created when he was in studio and that was the drive he needed to tell the perfect African love story.

Keeping you entertained during the lockdown and bringing you a fresh, new sound, this mesmerizing hit is guaranteed to enchant the airwaves. This is a special one for all the Afro pop and R&B music lovers, you just got served.

Jam to “Molo” on your preferred music service: https://orcd.co/molojstsako 


Battery Centre – Lockdown care for your car battery

With the COVID-19 lockdown well underway, it’s time to understand how this will affect your car battery. While you’re working from home, schooling kids or taking the time to rest and care for your wellness, the health of your car battery may take a beating.

With strict regulations on movement, your car will likely be parked for a number of days at a time. This prevents the battery from being charged while driving, and, depending on the age of the battery, may leave you with a flat battery.

To prevent this, here’s a simple guide to caring for your battery during lockdown. These tips also give you something to do while you’re stuck at home.

Tips to keep your car battery healthy during the COVID-19 lockdown

  1. Switch off all electronics

Such as the radio, interior and exterior lights, prevents the battery from draining unnecessarily.

  1. Start your car at least once a week for 15 minutes

This will ensure the battery and starter are cranked often to prevent battery drain.

  1. Shut the doors, bonnet and boot properly

This prevents the onboard safety notifications from unnecessary draining of the battery.

  1. If the battery is flat, jump-start the car as per the manufacturer’s instruction

In the unfortunate situation that your car battery has gone flat, check the manufacturers manual on how to jumpstart your car. This prevents damaging any of the electronics. Once the car is switched on, let it run for 15 – 30 minutes or go for a short drive to the supermarket.

Battery warning signs you need to know

When doing a grocery run, look out for these signs that may indicate a weakening battery.

  • Your car is experiencing interrupted starts or starts very slowly.
  • The battery indicator on your dash turns on even after the engine has been running for some time.
  • Your battery loses power quickly in cold or extended starts.
  • Your headlights are dim at idle, but get brighter when you rev.

Under normal circumstances, any of these signs should prompt you to get in touch with the battery specialists to see what type of battery is best suited for your car.

Keeping you moving forward

Whether it’s a grocery run during the lockdown, or the first day of school after the lockdown, the battery specialists have just what you need to keep you moving.

For more information, visit https://www.batterycentre.co.za/.


SIMPHIWE DANA’S ALBUM – Bamako

Bamako, is a creative evolution milestone of incredible range. It has, as is to be expected with rooted and centered artists, a Dana- esque familiarity. The evolution is, in the main, new orchestration in terms of the interplay between compositions and vocals, such that musical time is stretched, compressed, slowed, and steadied – with the overarching emotive and cerebral response to the music demanding astute listening. The compositions are diverse: playful, intense, atmospheric, some celebratory with a tinge of lyrical melancholy. 

At a creative plane, Bamako is a breath-taking fusion of musical styles and traditions; with distinct overtures to a multiplicity of places: traditional Malian music with its trance inducing vocal chants and blues inspired guitar work in Ali Farka Toure signature, reminiscent of iconic recordings such as Talking Timbuktu or In The Heart of the Moon¸ or Salif Keita’s spiritually uplifting and sacred mastery of voice and emotion. It, surprisingly and tastefully, appropriates and reclaims the reggae and dancehall grooves of the Caribbean in Gwegwezela and You Keep Calling, to Cuban come Spanish guitar tonality resultant from a cross pollination of West African and Cuban music in the Afro Cubism Buena Vista Social Club style, so ably and memorably maintained by the likes of Cesaria Evora.  

Love is, with all its charms and afflictions, thematically at the core of Bamako in terms of lyrical content, criss-crossing songs such as Bye Bye, Kumnyama, Usikhonsile, and One. Like Dana’s preceding work, Kitchen Girl tackles the complexities of history, touching on South Africa’s history and present of kitchen ‘girls’ and garden ‘boys’- a history of colonial and apartheid exploitation and dispossession. Of compassionate yearning is a partial remix of Salif Keita’s Africa, a duet that becomes Ndimonele, sentiments of which are a call to African unity and solidarity.  

Bamako is in many ways a listener´s album; it commands immersive listening that rewards with discreet but intense sensual pleasures. It is also, a musicologist and composer’s recording in how it presents a beautiful myriad and tapestry of cross cultural references and sanguine passions. It brews feeling, suggests a distant yet tangible nostalgia, beauty in a pressure cylinder. This is music that breaks and mends your heart with tactile sensuality, which sets the imagination alight, music made for connoisseurs, for varied moments and social rituals: intimate friendships and celebrations, scorching love affairs, lonesome evenings on elevated balconies overlooking crimson horizons. The sheer force embedded in the music is destined to make this album an immediate and timeless classic, for the flirtatious charm of its string of sonic masterpieces. A lot of time, love of craft, soul meditation have been invested in the conceptualization of this record: echoes, the dynamism and multiple registers of vocals, the contrast between space and emotive but strangely liberating claustrophobia, the Xhosa and Bambara vocal fusion on One, the solid spine of bass and adventurous intensity of blues rock guitar wizardry that is woven into some of the songs. 

The ultimate authority and power of this music is how it escapes and resists categorization – for its palette is wide yet focused, detonating whole fragments of jazz, blues, rock, traditional African sounds, reggae and dancehall, soul, Ghanaian and Nigerian high life music, even enchanting calypso accents.  It is impossible for the ear to filter the album in its entirety in one sitting, so this is one of those projects that come once in a lifetime, whose songs are whole worlds on their own, that penetrate the deepest membranes of consciousness and feeling. Bamako is fully deserving of the accolade of world music, not only as a genre, but because a passionate and assured stream of humanity runs through its heartbeat, its gaze, the comfort of its embrace that makes music a dependable ally in the rigors and puzzles of life and living. 


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