Egyptian composer, Mina Samy makes history as first African to make top 5 in ‘Call for Score’ list
Foremost Egyptian film composer and music producer, Mina Samy has made history after he was ranked as the first African to be listed in top five composers at the “Call for Score” 2023 competition organized by the Film Scoring Academy of Europe and the European Recording Orchestra.
Samy was the only Egyptian and African to secure a place in the top five spot out of a total of 700 competing composers from around the world in the list released on Thursday.
The listing made it the second win of 2023 for Samy who, in January, received the “Silver Medal” of outstanding achievement in Music Composition at the Global Music Awards.
In a report by Egypt Today, Samy’s career in the film-music industry features an array of remarkable achievements, starting with him receiving the Sawiris Arts and Culture Scholarship in 2021.
“He pursued his master’s degree in Film Scoring at London’s Royal College of Music, where he was appointed as the President of the Film Scoring Society for the 2022/2023 term,” the authoritative media outfit wrote.
“Throughout his studies, Mina Samy kept himself busy in the industry, working alongside top professionals and organizing master-classes in collaboration with award-winning film composers and specialists to share their knowledge.
“He also collaborated with filmmakers from prestigious institutions including the Royal College of Arts and London Film School.
“He has composed for various short films that have received official praise at UK film festivals and globally, and his work features prominently in prominent advertising campaigns such as the the UAE governmental Census 2023, a Covid awareness campaign by the WHO and UNICEF Egypt directed by acclaimed Egyptian director Tamer Ashry, and a Bosch Gulf campaign,” the media stated.
Kenyan govt to convert ‘evil cult’ forest into a memorial site
The Kenyan government says it plans to convert the Shakahola Forest, where bodies of over 250 members of a Christian cult led by Pastor Paul Mackenzie were exhumed, into a national memorial.
The eastern African country was thrown into a frenzy in April when some followers of the pastor reportedly died after he instructed them to starve to death so they could meet with Jesus.
Kenya’s Interior Minister, Kithure Kindiki, who disclosed the intentions of the government at a press conference on Tuesday, said once the recovery of the bodies buried in the 800-acre forest was complete, the forest would be “turned into a place of remembrance so that people won’t forget what happened there.”
The minister added that the government had enough evidence to prosecute the leader of the cult and the main suspect, Pastor Mackenzie, on charges of genocide after he allegedly convinced his followers to fast to death in order to go to heaven.
“Most of the victims, including children, died of starvation but some were strangled, beaten, or suffocated,” Kindiki said, quoting autopsy reports.
Kindiki said investigations had shown that the cult’s activities extended beyond the Shakahola Forest, adding that investigations had extended to the larger 37,000-acre Chakama ranch in the area.
“Security roads are being constructed to provide access to the expansive area as search and rescue operations and investigations continues,” he said.
Scientists discover world’s oldest burial site in South Africa
Scientists in South Africa say they have discovered the oldest-known burial site in the world “containing remains of a small-brained distant relative of humans previously thought incapable of complex behaviour,” world-renowned palaeoanthropologist, Lee Berger, who led the team of researchers, said on Monday.
The find was announced by the University of the Witwatersrand, the National Geographic Society and the South African National Research Foundation, and published in the journal, eLife.
It challenges the understanding of human evolution which is normally held that the development of bigger brains allowed for the performing of complex functions.
Berger said the research team uncovered evidence that “members of a mysterious archaic human species buried their dead and carved symbols on cave walls long before the earliest evidence of burials by modern humans.”
“The brains belonging to the extinct species, known as Homo naledi, were around one-third the size of a modern human brain,” he said in a statement while announcing the result of the discovery.
“These revelations could change the understanding of human evolution, because until now, such behaviors only have been associated with larger-brained Homo sapiens and Neanderthals,” he added.
According to the palaeoanthropologist, the team discovered several specimens of Homo naledi, a tree-climbing, Stone Age hominid, buried about 30 metres (100 feet) underground in a cave system within the Cradle of Humankind located in Johannesburg, which has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
“These are the most ancient interments yet recorded in the hominin record, earlier than evidence of Homo sapiens interments by at least 100,000 years,” Berger wrote.
Before the discovery, the oldest burials previously unearthed were found in the Middle East which contained the remains of Homo sapiens and were around 100,000 years old.
But the South African find reportedly dates back to at least 200,000 BC.
“These discoveries show that mortuary practices were not limited to H. sapiens or other hominins with large brain sizes,” Berger said.
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