May marks the start of Africa Month, a time when the continent of Africa commemorates the founding of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) an organization focused on continental unity and freedom from oppression. And how better to celebrate it than with music, films, and art? Also, let’s not forget – African vibes are very much present in all of Latinx culture, blended into Caribbean rhythms and even religious beliefs, like their Gods – los Orishas. So by celebrating Africa Month, we are celebrating part of Latinx heritage as well.
Netflix today announced the introduction of a Made in Africa collection – a curated list of African series, films, and documentaries that will celebrate Africa Month. The collection includes critically-acclaimed films and series like Jerusalem; King of Boys; Lionheart; Mokalik; Oscar-winning film Tsotsi; Uncovered; The Wedding Party; Tjovitjo; Castle and Castle; The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind; Azali; Potato Potahto; Joy and many more. Members will also see major international films and series that were either predominantly or completely filmed on the continent, such as Holiday in the Wild (South Africa and Zambia); The Red Sea Diving Resort (Namibia and South Africa); Troy: Fall of a City (South Africa), Beasts of No Nation (Ghana), Blood Diamond (Morocco, Sierra Leone and South Africa), as well as documentaries including Leonardo DiCaprio’s, The Ivory Game and the Oscar-nominated Virunga.
Also, Apple Music has commissioned 15 guest playlists curated by some of the continent’s finest artists as well as a playlist featuring the biggest African songs of all time. The curators include Angélique Kidjo (Benin), Davido (Nigeria), Abdullah Ibrahim (South Africa), Sauti Sol (Kenya), Amadou & Mariam (Mali), Aya Nakamura (Mali/France), Jimmy Dludlu (Mozambique), Kiff No Beat (Ivory Coast), Msaki (SA), Simphiwe Dana (SA), Stanley Enow (Cameroon).
“African music is rich and diverse because Africa is a continent, not a country,” Angelique Kidjo said. “Its music ranges from Umm Kulthum of Egypt down to Miriam Makeba of South Africa, with many distinct styles and subcultures in-between.
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