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CNN African Voices draws attention to African performing artistes


The Glo–sponsored CNN African Voices will this weekend focus on performing artistes in Africa and how they are driving the growth of entertainment on the continent.

The programme will analyse dance, samba and slam poetry and examine how “expressive artistes are unleashing powerful performances in Africa.”

“We start in Uganda with a daring dancer who seeks inspiration from across the continent to develop his craft and tackle social issues. In Nigeria, we meet a musician combining the roots of Brazilian samba with traditional Nigerian rhythms to empower the youth. And in Rwanda, we follow a fearless poet who’s inspiring others to follow their creative path,” CNN stated.

The programme will feature Nigeria’s dancer Seyi Ajeigbe, Ugandan Jonas Byaruhanga and Rwandan poet, Eric Ngangare.

African Voices, according to Globacom, comes up at 2.30 p.m. on Saturday and at 12.30 a.m. and 7.30 p.m. on Sunday. Viewers can also watch the programme by 11.30 p.m. on Mondays and at 5.30 a.m. on Tuesdays.

Seyi Ajeigbe has extensive experience garnered from performing with many groups from the London School of Samba to samba reggae band Eri Okan. He returned to Nigeria from the UK years ago to set up Eko Samba School in Lagos where he has been sharing his UK experiences.

Founder and artistic director of Kampala based National Theatre-Keiga Dance Company, Jonas Byaruhanga, has performed at various international dance festivals such as the Indian Ocean Choreographic Encounters (France) and the Kunsten Festival Des Arts (Belgium).

A spoken word artist and poet known as Eric One-key from Rwanda, Eric Ngangare is the third guest. He is expected to further espouse his belief that “of all forms of expressions out there, poetry is what resonates with the voice within for now.”



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