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Popular Zambian dance inscribed on UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage



The popular Kalela Dance from Northern Zambia has been recognized and inscribed on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Orgainistaion (UNESCO) list of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) at the ongoing 17th Session of the Intergovernmental Committee on the 2003 ICH Convention in Rabat, Morocco.

The Zambian Ministry of Tourism and Arts, in a statement in Lusaka on Thursday, said the recognition of the Kalela Dance “will bring feasibility not only to the dance troupe alone but also to market the country internationally.”

The statement issued by the Public Relations Officer of the Ministry, Sakabilo Kalembwe, noted that the Kalela Dance troupe will now be on the UNESCO List of ICH for the 2003 Convention on ICH.

Kalembwe added that the recognition of the dance troupe will also increase attention for documentation and research and increased Cultural Tourism for the Dance Element.

“Historically, the Kalela Dance originated on the Bangweulu Swamps, in Luapula Province, in the colonial times and was adopted on the Copperbelt by mine workers.

Kalela is a kind of dance drill formation in which the dancers normally form two or three lines as they dance forwards and backwards as they sing to the drum sounds.

“From that time, the dance became domesticated for entertainment at the chief’s palaces, during traditional ceremonies, funerals, harvest celebrations and any other important occasions,” Kalembwe said.

He also noted that Zambia now has five elements on the ICH List including Gule Wamkulu, Makishi, Mooba and Budima Dances and Songs.


Hollywood actor, Idris Elba, to open film studio in Tanzania



Hollywood British actor, Idris Elba, has concluded plans to invest in a major film studio in Tanzania, Director of the country’s Presidential Communications, Zuhura Yunus, has revealed at a press conference on Monday.

The plans to open the world class studio, according to Yunus, came following discussions between the star actor and his wife, Sabrina Elba, after a recent meeting with Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan at the 53rd World Economic Forum Meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

Elba, whose mother and father hail from Ghana and Sierra Leone respectively, in an interview after the meeting was reporter to have said:

“I’m really keen on the development of Africa. My parents come from Africa and more than anywhere in the world, I feel like that continent deserves some real tender care and love and thought.”

“Young Africans view me as a leader or a beacon. And I feel like I could bring something. So I’m keen to bring what I’ve learned in media and amplify it in Africa,” he said.

While briefing journalists on the outcome of President Hassan’s recent trip to Davos, Yunus said the discussions are progressing.

“Discussions on the project have just begun, and if successful, the project will help not only Tanzania but also Eastern and Central Africa,” she said.

Elba has become a very popular actor in Africa following his epic performance as Nelson Mandela in the biopic film named ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’ in the 2013.

The 49-year-old actor also starred in the movie ‘Beast’, which was entirely shot in South Africa, and had revealed that he wants to pave the way for more major films to be made on the continent.

Apart from acting, Elba also established his career as a musician and has performed as a DJ under the moniker DJ Big Driss and as an R&B musician.

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Nigerian Afrobeat megastar, Burna Boy’s ‘Last Last’, gets RIAA Certification



Nigerian Afrobeat super star, Burna Boy, has reached another giant stride in his career as his smash single, “Last Last”, has received the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certification after the track surpassed a million units in sales in the United States.

The certification of the single on Saturday, was announced by reputable chart news platform, Chart Data.

Released in 2022, as one of the lead singles in Burna Boy’s sixth album, “Love, Damini”, “Last Last” has gone on to become one of his greatest hits with international acclaim seeing it exceed over a million units in sales, which positioned the singer his second RIAA platinum plaque after his 2018 smash hit “YE”.

Shortly after its release, the single quickly became an international smash hit and spent multiple weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at 44.

The RIAA platinum certification has also seen Burna Boy join other Nigerian stars like CKay, Wizkid, and Tems as artists with the plaques.

The RIAA awards certification based on the number of albums and singles sold through retail and other ancillary markets.

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