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Nollywood hits London

The festival runs from 6th to 12th October 2010

The first ever Nigerian film festival, Nollywood Now! has come to the UK, celebrating culture and art from the world’s second largest film industry. In a week-long celebration, six screenings will be held at Deptford town Hall, South East London which will feature talks from leading actors, academics and industry experts.

Commenting on the event, Phoenix Fry, creative director of Nollywood Now! said: “I hope this festival is just the beginning of a more widespread recognition of Nollywood as a global cinema phenomenon.

“Ten years ago India’s popular cinema was dismissed by the mainstream, but is now a vital part of our shared culture. The dramatic and exciting films coming out of Nigeria, enjoyed by so many people here in the UK, deserve a similar place in Britain’s cultural life.”

The Nigerian film industry known as Nollywood began in the early 1990s and produces around 2400 films a year making it the world’s second largest film industry in terms of annual film production. The UK film festival Nollywood Now! will be funded by Lewisham borough council and sponsored by Guarantee Trust Bank.

The festival runs from 6th to 12th October 2010. Further details can be found at

By Amanda Hall-Davis

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Create your own music video and be a VIP at MOBO Awards

Have you got what it takes to be a MOBO VIP? Here's your chance to prove it

To celebrate its 15th year, the MOBO Awards in association with its Sponsor, Lebara Mobile, are offering music fans the chance to work with top music video director, Luke Biggins, who has created videos for leading artists such as Dizzee Rascal and Estelle. They will also have the opportunity to attend the MOBO Awards as a VIP guest.

To win this opportunity of a lifetime, Fans need to create their own music video explaining why they deserve to be a VIP at the MOBO Awards, upload it to the Lebara Mobile Facebook Page and get friends and family to vote for them! 

CEO of the Lebara Group, Ratheesan Yoganathan said: “This is a great opportunity for young aspiring artists to have their work recognised by the industry, and for one person in particular to meet and work with an industry-recognised video director. At Lebara we’re proud of our association with the MOBO Awards - an organisation that has done so much to raise the profile of urban music - and honoured to offer a helping hand to a new generation of music creators.”

The top seven videos with the most “Likes” on the Lebara/MOBO Facebook page will be shortlisted as finalists and presented to a panel of MOBO Awards celebrities, including renowned founder Kanya King MBE. Judges will be looking for the most creative and innovative video entry. The creator of the winning video will be crowned the ultimate VIP, receiving two VIP tickets and the chance to work with a top music director. The remaining six finalists will each receive two tickets to the award ceremony, so they will also be in on the action. 

Kanya King enthuses: “We are delighted with Lebara Mobile’s innovative take on its sponsorship of the MOBO Awards, inspiring a new generation to realise their musical potential. This is a fantastic way to celebrate our 15th anniversary. We look forward to viewing the finalists and awarding the winner with a potentially life changing opportunity that will open doors for them within the industry.”

Music and Facebook Fans have until midnight on 10th October to create their music video for a chance to be a MOBO VIP.

Competition rules: Videos must be inspired by MOBO Music; they must be original and creative material, videos including any pre-recorded material will be disqualified; and must be between 30 seconds and 3 minutes.

The competition closes at 11.59pm on 10th October 2010. The winner and the runners up will be notified on Tuesday 12th October. The MOBO Awards will take place in Liverpool on 20th October. The VIP experience includes a grand entrance down the Red carpet with celebrities and media, VIP pre-show reception with cocktails and canapés and VIP after-show party with hospitality.

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Myleene Klass reveals Hollywood star offered her 'sex contract'

"A newly married Hollywood star asked me to sign some kind of sex contract with him"

Myleene Klass has told how a married Hollywood star propositioned her with a "sex contract".

The TV presenter and celebrity interviewer, 32, who is expecting her second child, revealed how the newlywed actor made the shock offer, which she turned down, while the pair were having lunch.

She told Now magazine: "A newly married Hollywood star asked me to sign some kind of sex contract with him. I just thought, 'Mate, which planet are you from?'."

Myleene, who has a three-year-old daughter, Ava, with her fiance Graham Quinn, said: "I met him a few times and when I went to interview him it was like something out of a film.

"We were having lunch and as the starter arrived he launched into it (chatting her up). I was like, 'B****r, I've got main and dessert to go - I'm stuck here!'."

She revealed: "Then his PA came over with a confidentiality contract. I just thought, 'Oh my God, your poor wife'. I don't want to be a marriage-wrecker."

In July, the Marks and Spencer model said she had been offered "more than the interview" by three stars.

Myleene said: "One would bring down Hollywood if the story ever got out. I still have the text, because he is not pinning that on me thank you very much.

"One even had a wife and child. It's just sad, everyone thinks the grass is always greener."

By The Press Association

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IYASA releases new LP "African Homeland"

A powerful celebration of thrilling energy and melodious voices and rhythms from Zimbabwe and Southern Africa

Zimbabwe’s multi award winning group IYASA presents powerful traditional songs, melodious voices (singing in Ndebele, Kalanga and Shona) and pounding southern African rhythms. Their new LP “African Homeland: Voices and rhythms from Zimbabwe and Southern Africa” is a powerful celebration of the thrilling energy and melodious voices and rhythms from Zimbabwe and Southern Africa.

The music expresses and presents the beauty, colour and the genuine traditional and original menu of musical heritage from Africa.

The talented performers with their vibrant and dynamic voices will sweep you off your feet, set your imagination free and move your soul with a true but heart-throbbing African experience. It is an experience that takes you to the African Homeland.

IYASA is a Zimbabwe’s multi award winning performing arts school for young people. The school supports and promotes the best interests of young musicians, dancers, actors and poets. The school which was established in 2001 has now become a resource centre for most established and upcoming artists, especially musicians, singers, and dancers.

IYASA is based in Zimbabwe’s cultural capital city of Bulawayo which is also known as the City of Kings. The school boasts a highly talented and committed full time team of skilled and highly trained artists in music, dance, drama and poetry.

This new LP contains 14 songs covering various themes. The first track, “Sqomana Sodwa” (We Love One Another) celebrates the beauty of Africa and its people. Its melody is based on clicks; hence it is a “click song” too. It says that Africa is the land of our ancestors and has beautiful mountains and valleys. It also says that people fall in love and they do not fight among each other, hence the joy of being African.

“Siyalibingelela” (We Greet You) is a song of greeting. It is a song underlining the importance of greeting. It says that despite the different languages people still understand a greeting and the shortest way to their hearts is to greet them in their languages. The melody of the song gives it a dance feeling while the chorus word “Bana” which means “people” sets the rhythm of the song. At the end of the song different voices greet each other in different languages spanning the world.

“Amazulu” (The Zulus) is a praise song in honour of King Tshaka or Shaka Zulu as he is popularly known. He led the Zulus in South Africa, conquering many other states and he built a huge empire. This song is a praise song for him and his warriors and their heroism. It includes praise poetry in the same historic way his praise poets would shower him with praise.

“Ihondo” (War) is a song about war. The song says that war brought about hunger and famine and people had to eat Chikundamoyo (yellow maize meal). In southern Africa white maize meal is more common and people saw this yellow maize meal brought in by aid organizations as a bad omen and called it Chikundamoyo literally meaning “deappetizer” because they did not like its taste. In additional lyrics the song calls upon liberation heroes such as Joshua Nkomo (Zimbabwe), Steve Biko (South Africa), Walter Sesulu (South Africa) and Nelson Mandela (South Africa) to answer the people’s call, stand up and liberate them from war and in turn Chikundamoyo.

In the song “Ijongosi” (The Maiden), using the tune of a traditional war chant, a warrior praises his maiden love who is now pregnant and together with other warriors he celebrates the fact that he will be a father soon. The song also emphasizes the importance of women in our society because they bring more than just joy - in fact they bring life. “Respect the girl child, she is very important to the world,” the song says.

“Helele Mama” (Oh Mama) is a song dedicated to all child soldiers in the world inspired by a true life story of a former Ugandan child soldier China Keitetsi. The song laments the abuse of these children and their loss of childhood to greedy politicians and also names other child soldiers she met and names and shames some of those that abused her and other soldiers.

The LP has been produced by ARC Music and is available in all music stores. You can also obtain a copy from this link:

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"Buried" coming soon

Paul is six feet underground, desperate, has only 90 minutes to be rescued

Buried starring Ryan Reynolds & directed by Rodrigo Cortes will be released in the UK on 1st October, ICON Film Distribution has announced.

Paul Conroy is not ready to die. But when he wakes up six feet underground with no idea of who put him there or why, life for the truck driver and family man instantly becomes a hellish struggle for survival.

Buried with only a cell  phone and a lighter, his contact with the outside world and ability to piece together clues that could help him discover his location are maddeningly limited.

Poor reception, a rapidly draining battery and a dwindling oxygen supply become his worst enemies in a tightly confined race against time- fighting panic, despair and delirium, Paul has only 90 minutes to be rescued.

The Times described it as “Tight and claustrophobic. Buried is a master class in invention and suspense” while Aint It Cool said: “Buried is kind of a complete package....The tension builds and builds until you don’t think you can take it anymore.”

Buried will open in cinemas everywhere across the UK on 1st October 2010.  Certificate & Running Time TBC.


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