What: Africa Day Benefit Concert At Home
When: May 25 2020
Where: MTV Base (DStv channel 322), 9pm
Where: MTV Base Africa YouTube channel, 6pm
The two-hour benefit concert is aimed at raising funds to help children and families in Africa, who are affected by the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, with all proceeds going towards providing for the food and health needs of those most affected.
Hosted by Idris Elba, the show will bring together a star-studded line-up of some of the hottest names Africa has to offer, including Burna Boy, Sho Madjozi, Tiwa Savage, AKA, Diamond Platnumz, Nasty C, Sauti Sol, Yemi Alade, Fally Ipupa, Stonebwoy, Teni and Angélique Kidjo.
Says Elba: “We’re taking a moment to shine a light on African arts to benefit the African homeland and its people. A continent of this size should find a way to dig deep and stand up for one another at a time like this. It’s important for the future and history will not forget.”
Personalities including Trevor Noah, Ludacris, Sean Paul, Omari Hardwick, Anthony Hamilton, Zozibini Tunzi, Fat Joe, Winston Duke and Nomzamo Mbatha have added their messages of support to the special airing.
Lola Castro, the World Food Programme regional director for southern Africa, said: “With so many people on the continent acutely food insecure, we are extremely concerned about the prospect of Covid-19 causing a hunger catastrophe.”
The concert will also air at 9pm on MTV (DStv channel 130) and on BET Africa (DStv channel 129), and at 11pm on Comedy Central (DStv channel 122)
Made in Africa
If you’ve got Netflix, head over to its Made in Africa section to browse more than 100 titles of proudly African content. This includes older licensed films and shows, as well as Netflix Originals such as Queen Sono, which debuted in February, and Blood & Water, which premiered this week.
Some amazing films include the Oscar-winning Tsotsi, as well as Uncovered, The Wedding Party, Baby Mamas, Tjovitjo, Castle & Castle, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, Azali, Potato Potahto and Joy.
There are also international films and series which were either predominantly or completely filmed on the continent. These include Holiday in the Wild (South Africa and Zambia), The Red Sea Diving Resort (South Africa and Namibia), Troy: Fall of a City (South Africa), Beasts of No Nation (Ghana), Blood Diamond (Sierra Leone, Morocco and South Africa), and documentaries including Leonardo DiCaprio’s The Ivory Game and the Oscar-nominated Virunga.