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 23 MAY 2020<br>
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This coming Monday, in honor of Africa Day, Idris Elba will host a virtual concert, in which top talents from across Africa will perform.  Sponsored by a partnership between MTV Base Africa and YouTube, the concert will serve as a platform to raise money for UNICEF and the World Food Program in support of their efforts in COVID-impacted areas of the world. The concert will feature performances from music acts like Benin's Angelique Kidjo, Kenya's Sauti Sol, South Africa's Sho Madjozi, and Nigeria's Burna Boy. South African comedian Trevor Noah, reigning Miss Universe, Zozibini Tunzi, and rapper Sean Paul are also part of the concert's line up presenters, according to the organizers.
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<p style="color:#222222;font-family:Roboto,"Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-weight:normal;text-align:left;margin:10px 0;padding:0;line-height:150%">In the creative hotpot that is Lagos, the young rule the roost and set the trends. As an ambassador for their aesthetic, photography is gaining increasing popularity, and Thompson Ekong, AKA TSE, is emerging as one of the bright lights of this genre. Through collaborations with local musicians and big name brands, he is using his artistry to communicate the unique and inimitable style of Nigeria today. <br>
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<font color="#696969">SOURCE: <a href="https://africa.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e6ed9b82c58d866f5444e7e64&id=b2611f5425&e=3c33709313" style="color:#4caad8;font-weight:normal;text-decoration:none" target="_blank">OKAYAFRICA</a></font></p>

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<p style="color:#222222;font-family:Roboto,"Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-weight:normal;text-align:left;margin:10px 0;padding:0;line-height:150%">Although it's still early to assess the full impact of COVID-19 on the African contemporary art market, initial signs seem to indicate that it's weathering the storm very well.  Benefitting from an international collector base, fluency with online display and sales, and a cohesive, collaborative, and inventive community of gallerists, African contemporary art continues to achieve impressive sales. Sotheby’s modern and contemporary African art sale opened online on March 27th, three days after lockdown came into force in the United Kingdom. Hannah O’Leary, director and head of modern and contemporary African art at Sotheby’s, was pleasantly surprised by positive sales. In the end, the auction brought in $2.9 million, setting new auction records for five artists: Cameroonian photographer Samuel Fosso, Mozambican painter Bertina Lopes, Zimbabwean painter Richard Mudariki, Tanzanian painter Elias Jengo, and Nigerian painter Shina Yussuff.</p>

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<p style="color:#222222;font-family:Roboto,"Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-weight:normal;text-align:left;margin:10px 0;padding:0;line-height:150%">The prospects for African musicians have never been brighter, and increasing numbers are attaining true global stardom.  Unlike prior generations, whose work often languished in the "world music" category of record stores, today's are able to find fans in homes across the globe thanks to the advent of streaming.  With this easier, more direct connection to audiences, African talents like Tiwa Savage, Davido and Mr Eazi are flourishing and developing true negotiating power within the industry.  Learn more about their paths to success and how they're charting their destinies. A-list tastemakers aren’t the only ones lavishing new attention on the region, however. The three major-label groups — Universal, Warner and Sony — have all ramped up their investments in Africa in recent years: opening offices, sending A&R scouts to major hubs and forming joint ventures and partnerships. Meanwhile, advances in technology and social media have further connected a continent of 1.2 billion people — with a median age of 19.7 years — to the rest of the industry, creating a lucrative audience for both homegrown and foreign stars alike.<br>
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SOURCE: <a href="https://africa.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e6ed9b82c58d866f5444e7e64&id=377f2931ea&e=3c33709313" style="color:#4caad8;font-weight:normal;text-decoration:none" target="_blank">BILLBOARD</a></p>

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            <h2 style="display:block;margin:0;padding:0;font-family:Georgia,Times,'Times New Roman',serif;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-weight:bold;line-height:125%;letter-spacing:normal;text-align:left;color:#000000!important">How Ancient African Societies Used Social Distancing to Manage Pandemics</h2>

<p style="color:#222222;font-family:Roboto,"Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-weight:normal;text-align:left;margin:10px 0;padding:0;line-height:150%">Archaeology lends tremendous insights into how the world encountered and dealt with historic events, including pandemics.  From burial and migration patterns, we can draw conclusions as to the practices that ancestors deployed to combat illness and protect their communities.  Africa, in particular, offers up a host of fascinating examples of how societies adapted to disease with social distancing being chief among them. Archaeologists’ findings at Mwenezi in southern Zimbabwe also show that it was a taboo to touch or interfere with remains of the dead, lest diseases be transmitted in this way. Archaeological work at early urban settlements in central and southern Ghana identified the impact of pandemics at places such Akrokrowa (AD950 – 1300) and Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa in the central district of Ghana. These settlements, like others in the Birim Valley of southern Ghana, were bounded by intricate systems of trenches and banks of earth.<br>
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<font color="#696969">SOURCE: <a href="https://africa.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e6ed9b82c58d866f5444e7e64&id=f589f7ebf5&e=3c33709313" style="color:#4caad8;font-weight:normal;text-decoration:none" target="_blank">QUARTZ AFRICA</a></font></p>

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<p style="color:#222222;font-family:Roboto,"Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-weight:normal;text-align:left;margin:10px 0;padding:0;line-height:150%">As craft cocktails are just now finding a foothold in the Kenyan capital, buoyed by a dynamic, nascent drinks industry. Small businesses are distilling gin and producing cider, and a handful of breweries are producing craft beer—all high-quality local alternatives to cheap lagers and soda-based mixed drinks. Procera is the first Kenyan distillery of any kind, let alone its first craft gin, and has proudly based its recipe on African botanicals. That botanical list also includes Kenyan pink peppercorns, Swahili limes, Moroccan coriander, cardamom and mace from Zanzibar, grains of selim from Sierra Leone, and Somali acacia honey, the latter of which Jorgensen refers to as "the heart of the recipe after the juniper."<br>
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SOURCE: <a href="https://africa.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e6ed9b82c58d866f5444e7e64&id=d0206f7cd7&e=3c33709313" style="color:#4caad8;font-weight:normal;text-decoration:none" target="_blank">CN TRAVELER</a></p>


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<p style="color:#222222;font-family:Roboto,"Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-weight:normal;text-align:left;margin:10px 0;padding:0;line-height:150%">It's difficult to imagine a desert oasis with a magical lake, cascading waterfalls, and a valley of ancient whales failing to be listed among a destination's top attractions. But in a place like Egypt, with its ancient pyramids and beautiful beaches, competition is understandably steep. Located less than two hours south west of Cairo, Fayoum Oasis is undoubtedly one of the country's hidden treasures. Made up of many lakes and canals, this large region is an ideal weekend or day trip spot for those keen to escape the bustle of the city. Wadi El Rayan, a protected national park that stretches across nearly 700 square miles, is one of Fayoum's many highlights. It's comprised of an upper and lower human-made lake, with what's considered to be Egypt's largest waterfalls in between. These waterfalls can be hard to spot from the upper plateau, as they're slightly smaller than other renowned falls. But viewing the multiple drop-offs from the lower plateau is the best way to witness their collective beauty and experience a unique shower in the middle of a desert.</p>

<p style="color:#222222;font-family:Roboto,"Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-weight:normal;text-align:left;margin:10px 0;padding:0;line-height:150%">SOURCE: <a href="https://africa.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e6ed9b82c58d866f5444e7e64&id=2238230a56&e=3c33709313" style="color:#4caad8;font-weight:normal;text-decoration:none" target="_blank">CNN</a></p>

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<p style="color:#222222;font-family:Roboto,"Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-weight:normal;text-align:left;margin:10px 0;padding:0;line-height:150%">From wild dogs, lions, a leopard and hyenas with an impala ram kill: Skukuza Golf Club has been busy under lockdown. On Wednesday the course welcomed a brand new visitor: an elephant. While the previous sightings have been predators, these guests tend to leave everything the way they found it. Elephants on the other hand, not quite. A single adult ellie can tear through 150kgs of food in a day. While the sighting is exciting, the outcome for the vegetation is not. The latest guest took a leisurely stroll around the course, before pushing over a tree or two.</p>

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<p style="color:#222222;font-family:Roboto,"Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-weight:normal;text-align:left;margin:10px 0;padding:0;line-height:150%">At a meeting held this week, Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister spoke in detail about a three-phased approach, which starts by growing domestic tourism, the regional and then the international market. The meeting also delved into the need for various interventions, including timely disbursement of the $500-million stimulus package by government and wider collaborations among the industry rather than competing against each other. The issue of pricing of tourism products was also discussed externally with most players agreeing that domestic tourism was the starting point to give impetus and lure international travellers. Sector players agreed that for domestic tourism to thrive, the national airline to needed to become operational. While the pandemic hampered operations of the national airline it also provided an opportunity for Air Zimbabwe to revive its fleet which is set to service the domestic routes.</p>

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<p style="color:#222222;font-family:Roboto,"Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-weight:normal;text-align:left;margin:10px 0;padding:0;line-height:150%">From the vast plains of the Maasai Mara in Kenya to the delicate corals of the Aldabra atoll in the Seychelles, conservation work to protect some of the world’s most important ecosystems is facing crisis following a collapse in ecotourism during the Covid-19 pandemic. Organisations that depend on visitors to fund projects for critically endangered species and rare habitats could be forced to close, according to wildlife NGOs, after border closures and worldwide travel restrictions abruptly halted millions of pounds of income from tourism. Throughout the pandemic, scientists have repeatedly urged humanity to reset its relationship with nature or suffer worse outbreaks. But the economic consequences of the Covid-19 lockdown have raised fears of a surge in poaching, illegal fishing and deforestation in life-sustaining ecosystems, with tens of thousands of jobs in the ecotourism sector at risk around the world.</p>

<p style="color:#222222;font-family:Roboto,"Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-weight:normal;text-align:left;margin:10px 0;padding:0;line-height:150%">SOURCE: <a href="https://africa.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e6ed9b82c58d866f5444e7e64&id=b127bc72e3&e=3c33709313" style="color:#4caad8;font-weight:normal;text-decoration:none" target="_blank">SKIFT</a></p>

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