The U.S. Embassy welcomes American violinist Chelsey Green and the Green Project, as the popular jazz band visits Egypt next week for the first time. Their historic concert tour, titled “Hakawatya,” will feature performances at the Citadel in Cairo on February 28 and at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Alexandria on March 3, and will include joint performances with renowned Egyptian musicians Dina El Wedidi and Fathy Salama.
“As we approach the end of Black History Month in the United States, we are thrilled to bring Chelsey to Egypt to share her amazingly diverse repertoire, and her message of peace”.
Chelsey’s music has been described in the American media as “vivacious” and “electrifying,” as she creates innovative jazz by fusing traditional, classical technique with Pop, Soul, Hip Hop and Gospel. Meanwhile, Egyptian music revivalist Dina El Wedidi captures elements of traditional Egyptian tones and lyrics from their original forms and re-contextualizes them. More information about the upcoming concerts is available at the event page and tickets are available through Ticketsmarché.
“The artistic collaboration of Ms. Green and her band with Dina El-Wedidi and Fathy Salama reminds us of the power and attraction of cross-cultural exchange and expression,” said Adnan Siddiqi, Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy Cairo. “As we approach the end of Black History Month in the United States, we are thrilled to bring Chelsey to Egypt to share her amazingly diverse repertoire, and her message of peace and friendship.”
Ms. Green’s visit is being supported through the U.S. Department of State’s American Music Abroad (AMA) program, which sends talented musicians abroad as Cultural Ambassadors. Ever since famed trumpeter Louis Armstrong visited Egypt in 1961, the U.S. Embassy has highlighted American jazz and the contributions of African-Americans to the arts through various programs and activities.
AMA programs allow American musicians to go on month-long, multi-country tours around the world, during which they engage with international audiences through public concerts, interactive performances with local musicians, jam sessions, workshops, and media interviews.
Lagos govt. grants pardon to Funke Akindele, husband over breach of COVID-19 regulations
The Lagos state government on Friday granted pardon to actress, Funke Akindele, and her husband, Abdulrasheed Bello, who had earlier been convicted for an offence related to the disobedience of COVID-19 lockdown regulations.
The Director, Public Affairs, Ministry of Justice, Kayode Oyekanmi, in a statement noted that the couple was granted pardon because they were non-custodial convicts.
The statement also revealed that 56 inmates from various correctional Centres were granted state pardon.
“A statement signed by the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo, SAN, said Mr. Sanwo-Olu acted based on the recommendations of the State Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy, under the powers conferred on the Governor by Section 212 (1) & (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended,” the statement read in part.
“The 56 released inmates were recommended by the Advisory Council after due examination of their case files and consideration of the length of time served, the gravity of offence, old age and ill-health among other parameters.
“The Attorney General has also enjoined the beneficiaries to be good citizens and stay away from crime”.
It will be recalled that eight-member Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy, headed by Dr. Abayomi Finnih was inaugurated by Governor Sanwo-Olu in December 2019.
Nigerian film Eyimofe set for London premiere, debuts trailer
As part of activities to celebrate Nigeria’s 60th Independence Day anniversary, a film, Eyimofe (This is my desire) is set to premiere in the United Kingdom, at the BFI London Film Festival on October 11.
The film, which had its world premiere at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival in February, is also billed to celebrate its U.S premiere at the AFI Fest on October 20.
Ahead of the London screening, which will create an opportunity for the Nigerian community in the United Kingdom to join in the country’s 60th anniversary celebration, Eyimofe has debuted its official trailer for the festival, which is already generating interest from the global film community.
A GDN Studios production, the 114 minutes film directed by twin brothers Arie and Chuko Esiri, features Jude Akuwudike, Temi Ami-Williams, Cynthia Ebijie, Sadiq Daba, Tomiwa Edun, Jacobs Alexander, Tomiwa Edun, Chioma ‘Chigul’ Omeruah and others.
Funded entirely in Nigeria and shot in 16mm and filmed across 48 locations in Lagos, the two chapter drama follows the stories of Mofe (Jude Akuwudike), a factory technician, and Rosa (Temi Ami-Williams), a hairdresser, on their quest for what they believe will be a better life on foreign shores.
A passport, photos and a visa form recurring elements. The characters’ misfortunes are part of their everyday life and they are sketching out the need to leave Nigeria at the same time.
At the bottom of the socio-economic ladder, status, money, gender, skin colour and family structures are inextricably connected. The longing for another life is but one thread in this complex mesh, a promise that floats above things at once near and far away.
It would be recalled that Eyimofe is the 2020 official selection for Vancouver International Film Festival, an annual film festival held in Vancouver, British Columbia.
PHOTOS: Odebunmi facilitates film making training for constituents
The lawmaker representing Ogo Oluwa/ Surulere Federal Constituency, Hon. Segun Dokun Odebunmi has facilitated an empowerment training program for members of his Constituency on Film Making and Cinematography for self reliance.
Odebunmi, who also chairs the House Committee on Information, National Orientation, Ethics and Values on Thursday informed that the training was part of his quest for human development.
Remarking, the lawmaker justified the training as one of the ways of encouraging the youths to think out of the box and make use of the technology advancement to create another source of income.
” I grew up in this community and I know what majority of our people are passing through especially now that the economy of the world is being challenged, people need multiple streams of income and I am making use of every opportunity to assist my people by training them on how to make use of their talents and make more money through entertainment”, he said.
He thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and the leadership of the National Assembly for the opportunity, urging the participants to take the advantage to better their lots .
The lead speaker, Mr Maruff Ajibolu charged participants to take full compliment of the training as Nigeria’s creative industries are slowly breaking new grounds and currently recognised as among the biggest globally. This he noted led to its marking as a priority sector in the FGN’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan with a very high projected income over the coming years and also led the Federal government to grant most segments within the creative industries including Nollywood conditional access to pioneer status incentives which include holidays from the payment of companies’ income taxes as well as withholding tax on dividends from pioneer profits for an initial period of three years.
Also remarking, a key player in the creative industry, Mr. Muyiwa Ademola also harped on the huge potential subsumed in cinematography and film making. The Nollywood star further noted that the event was a rare opportunity, because it has always been either FG , CBN and World bank projects.
“It was designed to help people discover their talents and passion with the intent of turning it into a source of income”, Ademola added.
The training which took place concurrently at Resource Centre, Igbo-Ile Surulere LG and Ajaawa Town Hall, Ajaawa, Ogo-Oluwa LG, had other notable speakers which included, Mr Yemi Ogunyemi, Mr Ojo Oluwatona.
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