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Tunisia’s spicy sauce, Harissa, makes it into UNESCO Cultural Heritage list

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Tunisia’s popular spicy sauce, Harissa, has been added to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) cultural heritage list at the 17th session of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage which ended in the Moroccan capital, Rabat, on Sunday.

In a statement announcing the listing, the UN agency said the spicy sauce was chosen because of the “skills, knowledge, and culinary and social practices” which passed the examination at the testing level

Harissa which is one of the most popular spice in the North African country, is made by drying chili peppers in the sun before splitting them, removing their stalks and deseeding.

The chili peppers are then washed, ground and seasoned with salt, garlic and coriander using a pestle and mortar or a manual meat mincer.

Harissa is used regularly in the country and is a culinary tradition, according to UNESCO.

The Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage was adopted at the 32nd General Assembly of UNESCO on Oct. 17, 2003, to protect the world’s intangible cultural heritage.

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South African actress, Thuso Mbedu, wins Outstanding Breakthrough Actress at Black Reel Awards

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South African actress, Thuso Mbedu, has hit off 2023 in grand style with another international honour under her belt, when she won the Outstanding Breakthrough Actress at the 23rd Black Reel Awards held on Monday in the US.

The Black Reel Awards, also known as The Bolts, is an award that recognises the excellence of African-Americans and the cinematic achievements of the African diaspora in the global film industry.

The KwaZulu-Natal-born star actress who won the award for her stellar performance as Nawi in “The Woman King,” was also nominated for Best Supporting Actress but lost to Angela Bassett for her role as Queen Ramonda in “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”.

“The Woman King” which was shot was shot in KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape in South Africa as well as other locations in West Africa, dominated the Black Reel Awards with six awards including “Best Picture” while Gina Prince-Bythewood won the Best Director, and Viola Davis scooped the Best Actress award.

“The Woman King” tells the remarkable story of the trials and tribulations of the fierce Agojie warriors and Dahomey.

Mbedu, a multiple award winner, has won the Independent Spirit Award, a Gotham Award and a Hollywood Critics Award for her breakout international starring role in “The Underground Railroad”.

Thuso Mbedu made her international debut in 2021 with the Amazon Video limited series “The Underground Railroad,” making her the first South African actress to lead an American TV series.

The role earned her the Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Performance in a New Scripted Series and Outstanding Performance in a New Series at the Gotham Awards, and was also recognised in the New York Times’ list of top 10 best actors of 2022.

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South African trio, Zakes, Wouter, Nomcebo celebrate historic Grammy win

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Three South African entertainers, have made the country proud after winning an award at the 65th annual Grammy Awards held at the Cryto.com Arena in Los Angeles, California, on Sunday night.

The trio of producer and singer Zakes Bantwini, flutist Wouter Kellerman and vocalist, Nomcebo Zikode, won the Best Global Music Performance award for their hit track, Bayethe.

To celebrate their win, the group leader, Zakes, took to social media to thank fans for their support and praised God for the win.

“Being in LA for the Grammys and being able to network and connect with other fellow African artists, music executives and entrepreneurs is such an amazing thing.

“I’ve been busy here with meetings with music executives, taking part in a Grammy Week panel discussion at the Grammy Museum, and later today I’m going to the studio to do some song programming and writing music, and of course getting ready for the big night,” Zakes wrote.

Wouter also shared the moment he and industry colleagues learnt they had won and dedicated the win to the whole of South Africa, while Nomcebo also expressed her gratitude to God for enabling her to grace the world stage.

“Look at God. From Hammarsdale to the world. I never imagined God would take me to such heights and platforms. I want to give a special shoutout to my fans,” she posted.

Before the Grammy Awards, the super stars were honoured on Saturday at an African nominees brunch at Spring Place in Beverly Hills hosted by Guba Enterprises to celebrate outstanding individuals from Africa.

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