BEHIND THE SCENES: SIJUTII REMIX BY WAKAZI & RUBY

This is the behind the scene video of the making of "Sijutii Remix" Video by Wakazi & Ruby. Video was shot by Einxer (Empire Studios) on location in Dar Es Salaam, TZ. The audio was produced by Ema The Boy (Epic Records) with additional production by Mujwahuki, and was released earlier March, 2016, with the Official music video expected to be released anytime from now.
The behind the scenes shows the whole process as well as the cast & crew involved in the project. The Clips were captured by Matty Machilu (Cube Elite Films) and edited by Mecky Kaloka.

Look Forward for the official video, and also the release of the long waited Album (Kisimani) from Wakazi, with "Sijutii Remix" making the cut as a bonus track. Currently Ruby has already dropped another banger titled "Wale Wale".

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THE MOST AMAZING POSITIVE VIBES FROM SOME OF THE FOLKS DOES IN AFRICA THAT WE HARDLY KNOW!

Ben Magara, Zimbabwean Chief Executive Officer and Director of Lonmin
He is a graduate Mining Engineer from the University of Zimbabwe and has attended various management programmes including the Accelerated Development Programme at the London Business School, UK and the AMP at GIBS, SA. Ben has extensive mining experience in both underground and surface mining as well as soft and hard rock mining. He also has experience in the energy and logistics industries.

Ben was the Chief Executive Officer of Anglo Coal South Africa and the Executive Head responsible for Engineering and Capital Projects at Anglo Platinum. Ben was previously a director of Anglo American South Africa (2006-2013), was Chairman of Richards Bay Coal Terminal and the Eskom 2008 Coal Working Group. He is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees at St Peters Prep School Foundation.
Tanzanian Maria Sarungi Tsehai... Yes, she's  not one easy to define or characterize. By profession, she is a communication expert however in reality, Ms Sarungi- Tsehai is known for a wide varied action-packed career. She is director and owner of Compass Communications, that she founded with her husband David Tsehai, but she is also director/producer of award winning films and documentaries. She is also presenter and producer of many well-known and highly viewed shows in Tanzania since 2000. Aside from the independent production, Maria is also a communication consultant, having provided communication advice, PR management and training to various organizations including UN agencies, civil society organizations and individuals. Her detailed CV lists some of these organizations including World Lung Foundation and Foundation for Civil Society But there is more to Maria Sarungi-Tsehai than this
Maria Sarungi Tsehai has 10 years’ experience in national and international pageantry as event manager and pageant expert. Ms Sarungi-Tsehai is also the personal manager and mentors to all the winners and titleholders of Miss Universe Tanzania and since 2014 Miss Universe Kenya pageants. She works with a team of experts in various fields including designers, psychologist, beauty experts, boutiques, choreographers, stage designers etc As franchise license owner of Miss Universe in Tanzania since 2007, the Miss Universe brand has become synonymous with quality and prestige. Her mentees include Flaviana Matata, Miriam Odemba, Nelly Kamwelu and other beauty queens. The recent re-launch of Miss Universe Kenya has put this East African country back into the limelight with Gaylyne Ayugi’s stellar performance at the Miss Universe finals in Miami.
However as event manager, Maria SarungiTsehai has also excelled and managed with her company many other events, including annual awards, brand and company launches and conferences. Her clientele is as diverse as in any other sector. Maria’s name recognition however extends beyond the TV screen onto the new media namely social media as she is the founder of the citizens’ social media movement called Change Tanzania. Through her activism, her hashtag #ChangeTanzania has now over 50,000 members and followers on Facebook and Twitter. It was through Change Tanzania, that Maria was also appointed by the President of the United Republic of Tanzania to be a member of the Constituent Assembly in 2014.
Maria SarungiTsehai is also Chair of the board of AkibaUhaki Foundation based in Nairobi, Kenya, member of the Technical Advisory Committee of REPOA, chair of Tanzania Independent Producers’ Association, Regional Secretary of Eastern Africa in the Pan African Federation of Filmmakers (FEPACI), founder of Roots and Shoots – Jane Goodall Institute. She also remains available for advice and mentoring for various other organizations and a well-known moderator and public speaker at different events.
Simdul Shagaya, Nigerian – Tech Entrepreneur and Founder of Konga.com and DealDey.com 
Shagaya is the founder and CEO of Konga.com, Nigeria’s largest online shopping portal and DealDey spinoff site. Konga.com, Africa’s answer to Amazon.com, is an e-commerce platform that sells goods and services directly to consumers. Shagaya is also the founder & Executive Chairman of DealDey Limited, which offers services and products at discounted prices. In 2013 Shagaya won the All Africa Business Leaders Awards Entrepreneur of the Year award. HumanIPO selected Konga.com as one of the African technology startups of 2013. Shagaya is a graduate of George Washington University, Dartmouth College and holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
From Jozi, Tebogo Ditshego. He's a former freelance journalist writing for Avusa Media publications such as the Business Day, Sowetan and Sunday Times and he holds Honors in Communications and Media Studies from the University of Johannesburg and a certificate in Business and Entrepreneurship from the University of Wisconsin in the US.
He grew up in Kagiso, which is in the West Rand of Johannesburg and started his first company Ditshego Media in 2011. In 2015, Tebogo was listed as one of Fast Company Magazine’s top 100 most creative South Africans in business. Later that year, the Sowetan featured him as one of South Africa’s top 100 young bosses. In 2014, he was also named one of the top 200 Young South Africans by the Mail and Guardian.
Tebogo Ditshego was nominated for the University of Johannesburg’s Alumni Digitas Award in 2015, which honors graduates who achieve a dynamic legacy of accomplishment. In 2006 and 2007 he was elected twice consecutively to serve in the University of Johannesburg’s Student Representative Council. He also represented the University of Johannesburg twice consecutively at the annual Southern African Communications Conference for his honours research essays.
Tebogo Ditshego is the chief executive officer (CEO) of South African public relations agency Ditshego Media. Forbes Magazine included him in their list of the top 30 African entrepreneurs under 30 in 2014. In 2012 he founded an on-line book club called ReadaBookSA, which has grown to become the biggest on-line book club in Africa.
In 2016, Tebogo Ditshego published his first African fiction book "Kasi Nerd" which went on to be a bestseller. In June, 2014 Tebogo Ditshego participated in the Mandela Fellowship for Young African leaders in the US, a programme launched by US President Barack Obama. The Mail & Guardian newspaper listed Tebogo Ditshego as one of the top 200 youth in South Africa for the work he has done in spreading a culture of reading books.
He worked on the communications campaign for the "Mandela" banknotes for the South African Reserve Bank. In 2006 and 2007 he was selected twice consecutively to serve in the Student Representative Council at the University of Johannesburg. Tebogo Ditshego represented the University of Johannesburg twice consecutively to present his research papers at the Southern African Association of Communications Conference.
Mohammed Dewji, Tanzanian Group Chief Executive Officer of Mohammed Enterprises Tanzania Limited
Dewji is the Group Chief Executive Officer of Mohammed Enterprises Tanzania Limited (MeTL) and at 39 is the youngest member of the Forbes’ Africa’s 50 richest list with an estimated net worth of USD $500 million. The MeTL Group began as a family business, a small trading company which Mohammed transformed into one of the largest industrial conglomerates in East Africa, with interests ranging from real estate, agriculture, finance, distribution and manufacturing. The company employs more than 24,000 people across Tanzania and according to Dewji, generates annual revenues of USD$1.3 billion. Dewji has been a Member of Parliament in the National Assembly of Tanzania since 2005. Dewji graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in International Business and Finance with a minor in Theology.
Ameyaw Debrah, is a Ghanaian celebrity blogger, freelance journalist, and reporter. He founded AmeyawDebrah.com, an entertainment website and blog that primarily publishes news about Ghanaian celebrities. He graduated from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology with a bachelor's degree in Publishing. While at KNUST, he won the Best Publishing Student award in 2005. He has made significant contributions to several Pan African websites, including Jamati.com, Orijin-ent.com, and ModernGhana.com.
In 2008, he joined GhanaWeb.com as the entertainment editor, and launched his own website in 2008. Through his work, Debrah has had the opportunity of interviewing numerous personalities, including Kofi Annan, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Lloyd, John Legend, Damon Dash, Ade Bantu, Trey Songz, Amber Rose, Ludacris, Coptic, Wyclef Jean, Mario, Eve, Sean Paul, Jimmy Jean-Louis, David Clowney, Santonio Holmes, Majid Michel, Nadia Buari and John Dumelo.
Debrah attended Adisadel College in the Cape Coast, and became an editor for the school's magazine in 1999. After completing his studies at KNUST, Debrah completed his National Service Secretariat program at Ovation International Magazine in Accra. While at Ovation, Debrah primarily wrote about the Ghanaian Entertainment Industry. His writings were published for the publication's international audience. After completing his service with NSS, he became a columnist for Star newspaper. In 2007, he devoted his time to the aforementioned Pan African websites. Nearing the end of 2007, he joined Voices of Africa, a media project based in the Netherlands. During his time with Voices of Africa, he submitted videos, photos and news from Ghana for Africanews.com. In 2008, he became the entertainment editor for GhanaWeb.com. Later that year, he fully launched his blog AmeyawDebrah.com. He left Ghana web in 2012 to pursue his blog full-time. He contributes to Star Gist (an entertainment segment on Africa Magic) as a Skype correspondent. He also contributes to content on Ebony Life TV and Glitz Africa Magazine. He is an ambassador for Malta Guinness' Africa Rising Campaign
Mamadou Toure, Cameroon, Founder and Chairman of Africa 2.0
Toure is the founder and Chairman of Africa 2.0, an initiative-driven advocacy group that brings together emerging leaders representing African countries and the diaspora, who share a common vision of the continent’s future. In 3 years of existence Africa 2.0 has already grown into an organization with a global footprint in 26 countries and rallied some of the most influential continental and global leaders. As the Managing Director with General Electric (GE) Africa, Toure currently leads a regional Investments and Project Finance team supporting all GE businesses (power, water, mining, oil & gas, transportation, healthcare, aviation) with financing solutions across sub-Saharan Africa. Toure received a distinction as “New Leader for Tomorrow” by the Crans Montana Forum in 2011. He was selected in 2012 as of one of the 100 Most Influential Africans by the New African MagazineIn 2013, Toure was ranked among the “25 Faces of the new Africa” by BRICS Business Magazine 
A born entertainer, South African Sizwe Dhlomo is well known for his work on TV and radio. Sizwe has become a well-known face on the South African music and entertainment scene from presenting the MTV base World Chart Express & MTV Fanta World Chart, and co-anchored pro-social programme MTV base Uncensored. He was also a digital host for the 16th Annual South African Music Awards (SAMAs) and later graced the TV screens once again as he joined SABC1's LIVE, as the show's signature co-host alongside Bonang Matheba. Sizwe left the show in late 2011.
Originally from Durban, Sizwe gave up a career as a computer programmer when he won MTV Base’s talent contest and became the first MTV Base VJ in 2005, during the music channels debut season of its World Chart Express.
His charm and insight into youth culture have seen his star rise rapidly and he has already interviewed massive names in pop culture including Akon, John Legend, Sean Paul, Brickz and 2-Face.
In 2010 he was a Digital Host for the 16th Annual South African Music Awards (SAMAs) at Sun City and continues to be a sought after MC and presenter.
Sizwe appeared on SABC1’s LIVE, alongside Bonang Matheba until 2011, and followed this TV success with a transition to radio. He started his radio career on YFM and in 2013 he joined 947.
He continues to feature on TV and in 2014 Sizwe was part of an MTV contingency from across the globe that travelled to the VMAs in Scotland.
Vanessa Mdee also referred to as Vee Money, is a Tanzanian recording artist and youth activist. Mdee is popularly known for being the first ever Tanzanian MTV VJ. She later rose to prominence as a radio and TV host, hosting Epic Bongo Star Search and Dume CHallenge for ITV Tanzania before signing to B'Hits Music Group in late 2012. After joining B'Hits Music Group, Mdee collaborated with Tanzanian rapper A.Y. on a record '’Money'’ and Ommy Dimpoz, a Bongo Flava artist on a record Me and You that was later voted Song of the Year during the 2013 Kilimanjaro Music Awards. She received an even bigger buzz with the release of her first solo single "Closer", which in its first week was downloaded over 30,000 times, a feat achieved by no other Tanzanian artist. "Closer" remained on the charts for over 13 weeks. Vanessa has had the chance to interview many artists, such as K'Naan, Kelly Rowland, French Montana, Trey Songs, Mac Miller, Rick Ross, Ludacris, Miguel, Donald, Nazizi, Xtatic, Stella Mwangi, Camp Mulla, Tay Grin, Teargas, Dr. Sid and many more African and international acts. In 2015 and 2016 she released three singles Nobody But Me, Never Ever and Niroge which were also received well.
In early 2007, Mdee got the chance to audition for The MTV VJ Search in Dar es Salaam. Afterwards, she joined Carol and Kule to host the Coca Cola Chart Express. By 2008, Mdee had established herself in Tanzania and around the continent, hosting shows in Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Mozambique, Angola, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. She also became known in the United States and Brazil.
In 2008, Mdee worked with the Staying Alive Foundation on a project close to her heart. She got to visit the Uwanja wa Fisi with then-Staying Alive Foundation Special Ambassador Kelly Rowland. Mdee also joined Malaria No More in their Zinduka Campaign, a campaign aimed at the eradication of malaria.
In early 2009 Mdee hosted Senses, Sounds and Wisdom with Zantel during the annual Sauti Za Busara International Music Festival, showcasing the ever-growing Swahili culture. Mdee's fashion sense has made her the go-to girl at every MTV Africa Music Awards. She hosted the red carpet event for three years in a row.
In 2011, Mdee's became the host of 102.5 Choice FM's The Hitlist. As host, Mdee played R&B, Hip-Hop, and Pop. She also interviewed many artists, such as K'Naan, Kelly Rowland, Mac Miller, Rick Ross, Ludacris, Miguel, Donald, Naazizi, Xtatic, Stella Mwangi, Camp Mulla, Tay Grin, Teargas, Dr. Sid and many more African and international acts.
Along with her pan-African weekly TV show, MTV's Base Select 10 and daily radio gig, Mdee blogged as a roving reporter on behalf of MTV Staying Alive and UNAIDS on her Dynamites Mission website. She was MTV's voice at the 2011 UNAIDS Mali Youth Summit in Bamako and the subsequent High Level meeting in Cape Town, South Africa, She participated in the International Conference on HIV and STI's in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and cofounded (along with M. K. Asante) STANDWIDTH, under the UNAIDS umbrella.
In 2012 Mdee hosted MTV Base Meets, a show geared towards empowering young Africans from around the world by giving them the rare opportunity to sit down with an influential leader. MTV Base Meets brought her in the company of Russell Simmons, Alek Wek, former President of Nigeria Hon. Olusegun Obasanjo, football star Emmanuel Adebayor and Akon. Mdee also hosted the Kili Music Awards (Tanzania's music awards) as well as Tanzania's nationwide talent search Epiq Bongo Star Search (EBSS). Mdee is currently working on her new web series Vee World Wide, about her travels and encounters with various celebrities from around the world. People who have appeared on Vee World Wide include Keke Palmer, Carol Rodrigues, Da Internz, Keyshia Knight Pulliam, Letoya Luckett, DWoods, GOOD Music's D'Banj and many more. Mdee was asked to audition for BET's 106 & Park, although she did not get the gig.
Also in 2012, Mdee was awarded at a gala in New York City by the UNA-YP (United Nations Association of Young Professionals) for being an African change maker. In the same month she was awarded by the GAVI Alliance for her support in the initiation of free vaccinations for Tanzanian children. In May 2013, Mdee was invited to speak at the World Economic Forum for Africa in Cape Town, South Africa on behalf of the GAVI Alliance on the announcement of the new record low price for the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines. Later that same month, Mdee again spoke on cervical cancer at the Global Forum for Cervical Cancer Prevention in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on behalf of Global Health Strategies. Mdee officially became a GAVI Ambassador and an active voice against cervical cancer.
Mdee launched her music career in 2012, working on the single "Me and You" by Ommy Dimpoz. A month later 13 January 2013 – she released her first single "Closer". These scored her four nominations at Tanzania's Music Awards (Kilimanjaro Tanzania Music Awards), including "Bongo Pop Song of the year", which she won. She also won Collaboration of the Year
In, 2013 Mdee got added to the Dar es Salaam hub of the World Economic Forum as a Global Shaper. In October 2013 Mdee joined the GAVI Alliance again at the UN General Assembly where she spoke on a panel with Yoweri Museveni, President of Uganda. This trip ended with Mdee closing the NASDAQ by ringing the ceremonial closing bell, along with UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe and Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, President of Mali. Mdee was in turn awarded by the Global Health and Diplomacy for her work in advocacy.
Mdee hosted MTV Base's Hunters Oasis; a music festival around Africa with appearances from some of the African continents hottest artists and DJs. She also hosted Tanzania's Epiq Bongo Star Search Season 7and Dume Challenge, seasons 1 and 2. Mdee also released her second single "Come Over" in November, 2013 which has been on charts in Tanzania, Nigeria, Uganda, and Kenya 
In 2014, Mdee was nominated for 3 Kilimanjaro Tanzania Music Awards for Female Artist of the Year, R&B Song of the Year and Female Performer of the Year. On 3 May 2014, she won for R&B Song of the Year for Closer. Mdee released her third single Hawajui on 13 June.
‘Switch On’ Airtel Campaign; Vanessa Mdee is involved in the ‘Switch On’ campaign by Airtel that is about connecting users to the internet and charged according to the kind of device in use.
MTV Africa Music Awards; Vanessa Mdee alongside Nomuzi Mabena presented the Best Collaboration Award and Best Francophone Award. During the trip to Durban, South Africa she as an MTV VJ had an opportunity to sit down and interview Trey Songz, Miguel and French Montana all artists from the U.S.
Coke Studio Africa; Vanessa Mdee features in season II of Coke Studio Africa where she collaborates and performs with Nigeria's Burna Boy.
Kili Music Tour; Vanessa Mdee was among the artists that graced the Kili Music Tour 2014 stage in Mwanza and the finale in Dar es Salaam. Serengeti Fiesta Music Tour 2014 – Sambaza Upendo (Swahili for 'Spread Love'); Vanessa Mdee was on Tanzania's biggest nationwide music tour, covering various regions. The tour final took place on Saturday, 18 October 2014 in Dar es Salaam where American rapper T.I graced the stage; other acts included Diamond, Davido, Waje, Victoria Kimani, Patoranking to name a few.
Vanessa Mdee received an endorsement deal from Crown Paints, to be its brand ambassador in Tanzania. Crown Paints is a number one paint manufacturing company in Eastern Africa.
AFRIMA Awards; Vanessa Mdee nominated for two categories: Best Female Artiste in Eastern Africa and Best African RNB & Soul in the All Africa Music Awards. On 27 December, Vanessa Mdee won Best Female Artiste in Eastern Africa award in Lagos, Nigeria.
On 8 November, Vanessa Mdee joined forces with another Tanzanian songbird Barnaba Elias to release their latest up tempo Afro Pop duet Siri. It tells the tale of a cunning young man who tries to convince a young bride to embark on a love affair with him, with promises of plenty material things. Despite her upbringing the story ends at a crossroads, leaving the listener wondering. Siri is already rising fast on the Tanzania radio charts plus East African charts. Later on 8 December, the much anticipated video for Hawajui was premiered on MTV Base and has gone on to capture the attention of the African continent and beyond.
2015 Essence a popular US magazine – hadn't shot a cover in Africa since 1978. They decided it was time. They travelled to East Africa and photographed Erykah Badu in Zanzibar, Tanzania and Nairobi, Kenya for the August issue. Vanessa Mdee features in this Essence issue where she opens up about Tanzania, her music, inspiration and many more

AFRIDOCS - SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA BROADCAST PRESENTS: WORLD CINEMA AT ITS BEST

Some of the world’s most awarded and recognized documentary films are coming to your TV screen this September. AfriDocs is proud to present these popular films that creatively tackle issues of geopolitics and division, immigration and refugees, reconciliation and climate change. District Zero, film about the Syrian situation and winner of the  Vittoria Film Festival Best Documentary Award 2015 and the Sheffield Doc/Fest Grand Jury Award, is a documentary that uses the mobile phones of the people in the camps to bring the reality of the lives of the refugees into the public eye.
 Those Who Jump that won the Ecumenical Jury prize at the Berlinale film festival earlier this year, is another powerful film that provides the drama of those who are trying to reach Europe by scaling the high fences and security of the Spanish city ‘occupied territory’ of Melilla in Morocco.AfriDocs is broadcast every THURSDAY at 19:55 Central African time (GMT + 2) on [ED] DStv Channel 190 & GOtv Channel 65 across sub-Saharan Africa. Repeats on Fridays and Sundays. For all film and scheduling information, visit www.Afridocs.net or www.facebook.com/AfriDocs.

15 September
District Zero | Pablo Iraburu, Jorge Fernández, Pablo Tosco | Jordan | 2015 | 52 min
District Zero tells the story of a Syrian refugee, Maamun, who lives in Jordan’s Zaatari camp. He runs a mobile phone-and-print shop. Through his work, he helps his fellow refugees to connect to their loved ones still in Syria and produces prints of their memories stored in the photographs on their mobile phones. This documentary uses the mobile phones of people in the camps to bring the reality of the lives of the refugees to the public.

Vittoria Film Festival Best Documentary award, 2015
2015 Sheffield Doc/Fest – Grand Jury Award

Wade, Get Out | Aida Grovestins | Senegal | 2014 | 45 min
The film follows Y’en a Marre (We’re Fed Up), a collective of rappers and journalists from Dakar’s inner city, that join forces to mobilize the Senegalese youth to revolt and register to vote Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade out of power in the 2012 elections. By using animations over the live action footage, the dark atmosphere of the tension hanging over the city is subtly highlighted.

The Cessation | Lotte Manicom | South Africa | 2014 | 16 min
This short documentary follows three members of the Angolan diaspora in Cape Town and maps the impact of the Angolan Cessation which was announced by the South African government in 2013 and effectively ends the Angolan diaspora’s refugee status in South Africa from 2015.

22 September
Those Who Jump | Moritz Siebert | Morocco | 2016 | 80 min
In northern Morocco lies the Spanish enclave of Melilla: Europe on African land. On the mountain above, live more than a thousand hopeful African migrants, watching the fence separating Morocco and Spain. Abou from Mali is one of them – the protagonist in front of the camera, as well as the person behind it. At the fence, they have to overcome the razor-wire, automatic pepper spray and brutal authorities. After every failed attempt, they return to Mount GurugĂș, scouring for food in the nearby villages, trying to uphold some sort of order in the camp, and building up their confidence again.

BERLINALE 2016 – FORUM SECTION – Winner Ecumenical Jury Award

Carbon for Water | Evan Abramson, Carmen Elsa Lopez | Kenya | 2011 | 26 min
In Kenya's Western Province most drinking water is contaminated. The wood many Kenyans use to boil this water to make it safe is increasingly valuable. Women and girls, who bear the responsibility for finding water and fuel, often miss school or work while seeking both fuel and water. Yet waterborne illness remains a daily--and life-threatening--reality for them and their families. Carbon for Water introduces audiences to the inspiring people who face these hardships, and explores one company's innovative solution for improving the health of millions of Kenyans and the environment in which they live.

29 September
Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars | Zach Niles, Banker White | Guinea | 2005 | 78 min
We meet musicians at the Sembakounya refugee camp in Guinea, men displaced by civil war in Sierra Leone. Reuben and Franco started the group, called the Refugee All Stars Band. They became refugees in June 1997, thinking they might be there for six months or a year. Years later, the All Stars have additional members. Reuben, Franco, and Arihim talk about what the band means: entertainment and, as Franco says, a chance to forget a bit.

Documentary Award – AFI Fest 2005

 Weather Gods | Rehad Desai | South Africa, Kenya, Mali | 2011 | 32 min
Global temperatures are risin and the African continent is where this is felt most intensively. Unless a legally binding international agreement to reduce carbon emissions is put in place very soon, temperatures will soar and Africa will be set to burn. Already we see the effects of global warming as drought, floods and famine stalk our land with an increased intensity. African farmers and pastoralists are battling adversities unseen in living memory. This film explores how three rural communities in South Africa, Kenya and Mali are experiencing these shifts in their daily lives.


AfriDocs screens every THURSDAY at 19:55 Central African time (GMT + 2) on [ED] DStv Channel 190 & GOtv Channel 65 across sub-Saharan Africa. Repeats on Fridays and Sundays –www.afridocs.net  or www.facebook.com/AfriDocs





CCBRT TO TACKLE NEWBORN DEATHS

Dar es Salaam. Through the Maternal & Newborn Capacity Building Programme, which works in 23 public health facilities in Dar es Salaam, CCBRT is launching its latest initiative to tackle neonatal mortality and morbidity through providing life-saving equipment for newborns.  Made possible by funding from the Vodafone Foundation, this initiative will provide essential equipment to allow clinicians to correctly manage the leading causes of neonatal death: prematurity, infection and birth asphyxia, and significantly contribute to reducing the rate of neonatal death in Dar es Salaam.
The installation of $90,000 worth of new life-saving equipment began today in neonatal wards in 4 Dar es Salaam health facilities. Today installation officially began at Muhimbili National Hospital and the next hospitals will be Mwanayamala, Temeke and Amana.
Next week training will start by extra funding also provided by Vodafone Foundation. The equipment maintenance is also funded. Technical trainers from the manufacturer will train both neonatal staff on the use and care of the equipment, and a local company on how to maintain it.
CCBRT’s own Maternity & Newborn Hospital, which will integrate into the current Dar es Salaam referral system specializing in high-risk deliveries, and it, is due to open in 2018




EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH DAVISON MUDZINGWA – A SEASONED JOURNALIST & LOST TONGUE DIRECTOR- AWARD WINNING SOUTH AFRICAN DOCUMENTARY

Lost Tongue is a documentary of the Khomani San people in the Kalahari which are 3 people away from being extinct. Due to their lighter complexion the Khomani San were forced to classify themselves as ‘colored’ (mixed race), and pledge allegiance to the Afrikaans, because their language was deemed ‘ugly’ by the Afrikaner. This raises awareness of the South African education system that seemingly does very little in the way of preserving indigenous languages.
Director Davison Mudzingwa – a seasoned journalist – chose an unorthodox manner to narrate the story of the Khomani San. Helena Steenkamp takes us on her journey to find her identity and cultural background, all to find out there are three people that know the “N!uu” language. Lost Tongue raises awareness on a race that is three people away from extinction, with the youngest person of this culture 80 years old. 

Mudzingwa gives a voice to the Khomani San community through the cinematic talents of Themba Vilakazi. This is a must see documentary, raises questions of Identity, language and culture. It speaks of the agency to preserve not only language but the essence of all South African culture.

 Seif Kabelele: What's harder: getting started or being able to keep going?
D. Mudzingwa: Getting started is tough. You get an idea to embark on something but there is that crucial, last stage of getting work off the ground; somehow one gets a sense that the work is either too big or it's not worth it. Once one conquers this stage of doubt and gets hands dirty with work, the inspiration from the work itself fuels the rave count to see it to the end.
Seif Kabelele: When inspiration is waning, when you feel creatively sapped, what do you do? How do you stay fresh?
D.Mudzingwa: Staying motivated all the time is difficult, there comes a time when you are at your lowest point due to various factors. However, when this sets in, I play music, my African music. There is something about African music that stimulates new energy and fantastical ways of reinventing storytelling. Music keeps me going.
Seif Kabelele: How much do you think commerce affects your art? Or: How much do you have to compromise as a filmmaker because of financial restrictions or business?
D.Mudzingwa: Art is much a business as it is a passion. One can't eat passion but one needs to eat through their passion and business underlies the “eating” Fundraising is tough and selling an idea as viable to potential funders is becoming more difficult but because of the love of the art, we push on. However, lack of funding delays the delivery of our products and in some extreme cases, great works that the world should be consuming never make it to the market. However, we always re-engineer ourselves to ensure that all our film and multimedia projects see the light of the day.
Seif Kabelele: What is the one mistake most filmmakers make, regardless of experience?
D.Mudzingwa: The greatest mistake that filmmakers make is making a film without the target market or marketing strategy in my mind, this mistake has seen the most beautiful films gathering dust in shelves. It is sad.
Seif Kabelele: Why do you think there are so few women in filmmaking?
D.Mudzingwa: It's a difficult one to prescribe. One thing for sure, women, through my upbringing as an African, are the best storytellers. I used to listen to my grandmother, aunt, mother reciting grabbing fables and folks. Surely, film is just another medium that women can be on the lead. What's needed is to support women to take up filmmaking and also to offer a sustainable support structure for those that are in the industry. At film school level, female students need to take up lead roles such as producing and directing too.
Seif Kabelele: How do you know when your story's finished, when to walk away?
D.Mudzingwa: I usually listen to the story itself. There is that time when the story communicates to you that, 'I'm done.' When you try to force it for commercial reasons, you also feel it that, 'I'm swallowing before chewing properly' and often a times, you choke.
Seif Kabelele: We all hear so often about the lack of original stories in the world. That we've all "seen it before". How do you stay fresh in the face of an idea like that?
D.Mudzingwa: All stories that are told have been told before. The trick is coming with new perspectives. I always like going to the most marginalized areas of our societies and it is in those places that one usually discovers something that will excite audiences.
Seif Kabelele: So what is your intellectual view on the marginalization of the San people as a whole in society? And secondly how relevant is it to modern day society to bring about insight on different cultures and ethnic groups? i.e Khomani San
D.Mudzingwa: The academic marginalization of the San groups has many factors; chief among them is that San groups have seen a chain of subjugation. They have been either driven away from their native land or enslaved by various tribes or race groups. They have seen it all, and the sad part of it is the brutality that they have survived. They survived but not their way of life, not their culture, values and language. They were forced to speak the oppressor's language. The #Khomani San case is one that reflects in all of us across the world. They have only three elders left that speak the N/uu language, however, is this not the case in as many people around the world? Look, we have many families that prefer speaking in English, French etc within their own homes. The kids can't even speak the parents' native language. This is sad because language comes with identity, culture and values. Once a language is lost, it goes with all these crucial dimensions that define a human being. UNESCO estimates that if nothing is done, by the end of this century, at least 3 000 language will die. This is sobering.
Seif Kabelele: What were your goals for the film when you were starting out and what are the impact goals for the film now that it’s done?
D.Mudzingwa: Our primary goal was for the world to know about the crisis faced by the #Khomani San people. We wanted the world to do something about this chilling reality. We still do and now that the film is out, we are using the screening of the film as a pedestal to gather funding from individuals, governments, corporate and individuals to build a multimedia centre in the community of Andriesvale, Kalahari. This center will serve as repository for recorded files of the language. People will go there and learn the language. Young people will also learn multimedia skills at the center so that they would be able to tell their own stories. We call this the Lost Tongue Legacy Project. We need partners to succeed and it's all our duty to save this language.


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Tebogo Ditshego is a former freelance journalist writing for Avusa Media publications such as the Business Day, Sowetan and Sunday Times and he holds Honors in Communications and Media Studies from the University of Johannesburg and a certificate in Business and Entrepreneurship from the University of Wisconsin in the US.
He grew up in Kagiso, which is in the West Rand of Johannesburg and started his first company Ditshego Media in 2011. In 2015, Tebogo was listed as one of Fast Company Magazine’s top 100 most creative South Africans in business. Later that year, the Sowetan featured him as one of South Africa’s top 100 young bosses. In 2014, he was also named one of the top 200 Young South Africans by the Mail and Guardian.
Tebogo Ditshego was nominated for the University of Johannesburg’s Alumni Digitas Award in 2015, which honors graduates who achieve a dynamic legacy of accomplishment. In 2006 and 2007 he was elected twice consecutively to serve in the University of Johannesburg’s Student Representative Council. He also represented the University of Johannesburg twice consecutively at the annual Southern African Communications Conference for his honours research essays.
Tebogo Ditshego is the chief executive officer (CEO) of South African public relations agency Ditshego Media. Forbes Magazine included him in their list of the top 30 African entrepreneurs under 30 in 2014. In 2012 he founded an on-line book club called ReadaBookSA, which has grown to become the biggest on-line book club in Africa.
In 2016, Tebogo Ditshego published his first African fiction book "Kasi Nerd" which went on to be a bestseller. In June, 2014 Tebogo Ditshego participated in the Mandela Fellowship for Young African leaders in the US, a programme launched by US President Barack Obama. The Mail & Guardian newspaper listed Tebogo Ditshego as one of the top 200 youth in South Africa for the work he has done in spreading a culture of reading books.
He worked on the communications campaign for the "Mandela" banknotes for the South African Reserve Bank. In 2006 and 2007 he was selected twice consecutively to serve in the Student Representative Council at the University of Johannesburg. Tebogo Ditshego represented the University of Johannesburg twice consecutively to present his research papers at the Southern African Association of Communications Conference.
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