United States actor and former World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. champion John Cena has apologised for describing Taiwan as a country in a promotional video for his latest movie.

The reference to Taiwan, an island in East Asia, as a country by Cena triggered a backlash in mainland China.

Cena made the apology in Mandarin in a clip posted on Tuesday on his official Weibo account, a Chinese social media platform like Twitter.

He had earlier this month indicated that Taiwan was a country in a video promoting his film “Fast & Furious 9,” according to China’s state-run Global Times newspaper.

In the video, Cena said: “I made a mistake. I must say now that, very very very importantly, I love and respect China and Chinese people.”

The apology video triggered further anger on Chinese social media, where users denounced Cena for not stating that Taiwan was part of China.

Beijing argues that democratically run Taiwan is part of its territory, and has in recent years increased diplomatic pressure on the Taipei government and other nations that recognize its legitimacy.

Cena is the latest high-profile westerner to come under fire for publicly crossing China’s political lines.

In December 2019, Mesut Ozil, who is Muslim and was an Arsenal player, released a social media post calling Uighurs “warriors who resist persecution” and criticising both China and the silence of Muslims in response.

The Uighur Muslims in China’s far west Xinjiang region are reportedly being ill-treated by the Chinese government and the abuse include forced sterilisation of women and detention without trial in high-security prison camps.

After his post, Ozil was taken out of China’s version of the Pro Evolution Soccer 2020 video game, and the club’s next game against Manchester City was removed from state broadcaster CCTV’s schedule.

Source: Al Jazeera, BBC News《》RT

By Ndangwa Mwittah, Livingstone

AWARD-WINNING Zambian singing sensation Mampi, whose first single for the year was Ubepelefye, a song she released in August featuring XYZ chief executive officer Bobby East, is back with another hit titled Inna your Heart.

This you have got to listen to and watch. What is even better is that the latest single from Swililili singer, who confirmed to the Weekend Mail in an interview that she is now signed to Kalandanya Music Promotions, is that it is a reggae dancehall.

The reggae themed song and visuals were directed by Sammie D and Q Paper.

Early this year, Mampi who is quite travelled, had mooted plans of releasing her fourth studio album.

“There isn’t much I am doing at the moment because of the prevailing situation but once this is over, I am going to release my album,” she said.

Source: ZDM《》RT

US actor Chadwick Boseman, best known for playing Black Panther in the hit Marvel superhero franchise, has died of cancer, his family say.

The 43-year-old died at home in Los Angeles with his family by his side.

Boseman had not spoken publicly about his diagnosis.

“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much,” his family said in the statement.

“From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more – all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy. It was the honour of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.”

Boseman first came to prominence playing real-life figures – baseball great Jackie Robinson in 2013’s 42, and musician James Brown in 2014’s Get on Up.

However, it will be as the titular Black Panther in the blockbuster 2018 film he will be best remembered.

Boseman stars as the ruler of Wakanda, a fictional African nation with the most advanced technology on earth.

As well as winning critical praise and taking more than $1.3 billion US dollars (£973m) at cinemas worldwide, the film was widely seen as a cultural milestone for having a largely black cast and a black director, Ryan Coogler.

Boseman said last year that the film had changed what it means to be “young, gifted and black”.

Black Panther was the first superhero film to get a nomination for best picture at the Oscars.

He also played the same role in other Marvel films Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.

The announcement will come as a shock to many as Boseman never discussed his 2016 diagnosis publicly.

However, fans started raising concerns over his health this year due to noticeable weight loss.

Source: BBC《》RT

Award winning Nigerian musician Davido is walking tall with his second studio album “A Good Time” after it has registered over a billion streams.

Columbia Records UK made the announcement on Tuesday. The record label also congratulated the singer, songwriter and record producer for the development.

“HUGE congrats to @davido – ‘A Good Time’ has officially reached OVER 1 BILLION streams,” tweeted the company.

The album, which was freed in November last year, is among Africa’s top billed works of art. It features a number of giant figures in music; American Chris Brown and Jamaican Popcaan among other stars.

Some people have said Davido’s record is not worth celebrating because songs in the said album are old ones.

“But you people are clapping it’s the old songs on the album that’s giving him the numbers. If Davido didn’t put FALL, IF, BLOW MY MIND, that album wouldn’t even scratch 100 million streams. But oh well, davido was smart to add it,” retweeted Fawaz@fuji_waz

Meanwhile, the Nigerian musician is working on his third album “A Better Time” in Los Angeles, USA. He is also expected to make noise with the music collection which is in the baking process.

Born David Adedeji Adeleke, Davido is one of top musicians in Africa. He rose to fame in 2012 with his hit single entitled Dami Duro. Some of his popular songs are Skelewu and Ekuro.

Source: M24《》RT

Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation- ZNBC Director General Malolela Lusambo has challenged local producers to continuously scrutinise their work so that they can produce quality content.

Lusambo says continuous review of content will help producers to come up with products of high standard.

He says this will also go a long way in helping the Country’s movies to penetrate the International Market.

Lusambo was speaking when he met the cast and crew of two television series namely FATE and The Will.

Speaking at the same event, actor Malumba Malumba said the gesture by ZNBC to support locally produced movies has played a critical role in supplementing Government efforts of job creation.

And The Will executive Producer Japhet Chulu said so far, over 45 people have been employed through the production of the TV series.

Meanwhile, ZNBC Director Marketing and Sales Evans Muhanga has called for unity of purpose among local producers if they are to make an impact in the region and at the global level.

Source: ZNBC《》RT

Information and Broadcasting Services Minister Dora Siliya has praised the private sector for playing its part in enhancing the development of the film industry.

Siliya says the film sector has continued to steadily grow despite being affected by the Covid-19 outbreak.

She says Government has however continued to respond to the challenges that the industry is faced with through policy formulation by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services and a further commitment of 30 million Kwacha to help the sector thriving during the period.

Siliya noted that through Zambezi Magic, Zambians can tell their stories to the world through programs that are running such as Mpali, Zuba and Tuvwange.

Siliya was speaking at her office when she introduced a six-part series dubbed Black Dollar by Kazadi Films.

Source: ZNBC《》RT

Many musicians of his calibre and age are long gone, but that has not deterred veteran artist Giddes Chalamanda from enjoying what he loves most—playing music.

At 90, Chalamanda continues to entertain the masses with his music, guitar and dancing prowess.

If he is not with his favourite cronies Edgar ndi Davis blushing shoulders with some of the big names in Malawi society, he is trekking in and out of his home district Chiradzulu with his two sons doing small gigs. The three make K30 000 per show which they share for their survival.

Agide, as he is fondly known, does that to fend for himself and the family. But behind the energy that comes with his irresistible guitar dexterity that has left some limping off the dancing floor having twisted an ankle or toe, the veteran musician lives in abject poverty.

His strong voice that adorn songs like Linny, Che Meri and Napolo, has unfortunately earned him fame, not wealth.

The money fans give him during shows have done little or nothing to improve the nonagenarian’s life as witnessed recently in a video where the artist is featured by Patience Namadingo.

Frail as the old man looks, Agide’s face and surroundings spell nothing but neediness.

In the motion picture, his face normally lights up every time you talk music with him and his voice transforms into a crispy melody when he sings. However, it is different when he speaks.

As Namadingo initially calls him a 90-year-old celebrity, it makes sense considering the achievements Agide has made in the accoustic music.

For years, he has been part of a movement promoting traditional genres and instruments such as malimba, banjo and babatoni.

However, when Agide is off stage after entertaining the diverse audience he attracts into catchy dancing steps, he rests in a dilapidated house.

What is dangerous about the house is a big crack on one of the sides which, with a small push, will see that side collapsing, rendering him and his family destitute.

Yet this is a long-serving musician, a crowd-puller.

It is through a conversation that the two artists are having that Namadingo says: “Gidess Chalamanda is now a retired musician,” to which the legend agrees.

With the retirement, the legend’s wish, however, is to have a sustainable source of income for his family.

“If I can be selling things like soap, salt, beans, rice through a small shop.

“That will be fine,” he explains.

As a brand ambassador for FDH Bank, Namadingo says the bank will construct a shop for Chalamanda’s survival.

However, the retirement gift has attracted some questions as to why Namadingo is making the key decision on behalf of the legend.

Says Namadingo: “Giddes is a 90-year-old man, he is not a child. He is just tired of going around places to perform. He is not tired of singing and he loves what he does, which is music. But make no mistake, he does not like going around making money like K30 000 to make ends meet.

“So we are doing what he wants to do based on what he said in an interview. This is what the family wants too. If he had a car that he or someone drives him that would have been fine because it’s not just about money but the comfortability too.”

He urges people to show goodwill and take care of the elderly, stating that Agide has reached his retirement age and people must accept it.

“Gidess is not an island, he has a wife and four children and poverty is the story of this family. So we are building a grocery from a scratch and we will stock it up with a starter pack. This will in turn be a family business,” said Namadingo.

For almost a decade, the acoustic duo of Edgar ndi Davis have been performing with Agide. Through their joint shows, the legend found a lifeline for survival and made his dream trip to the US.

In 2016, the duo turned into reality Agide’s long-time dream of performing in the US.

Asked if the decision to have him retire was bounced to his cronies, Namadingo said: “Edgar and Davis have been with Gidess for some time and their relationship is more of artists that perform together. I was linked to Giddes through Davis as my initial plan was to do a mash-up with him. I didn’t envisage seeing him in abject poverty. His living conditions are very poor.”

Namadingo added that he spoke with Agide about his condition and then he also spoke to FDH Bank about it.

Source: NATION《》RT

As the surge in new coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases continues in the country, the government has reiterated its ban on public entertainment events.

In a statement on Friday, the Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 warned that due to the escalation of Covid-19 transmission and deaths, there is need for stricter measures to contain the oubreak.

Among others, the government has suspended night binges and holding of events in entertainment places. All bottle stores, pubs, bars and clubs have been advised to open only from 2 to 7pm just for purposes of buying and drinking from home.

The suspension has also prohibited the holding of cultural activities including traditional dances, weddings and engagement ceremonies.

“All measures for the prevention, containment and management of the pandemic shall be enforced by local councils and relevant law enforcing agencies,” reads the statement in part.

The announcement has met a positive reaction from some musicians who resumed live performances in defiance to the initial ban.

Zembani Band owner Lucius Banda said the current ban makes a lot of sense unlike previously when the pandemic was less intense.

In an interview he said: “As it is now, it didn’t even need the government to tell us to stop. By last week, Zembani had already stopped [live shows].”

Black Missionaries band manager Ras Ray Harawa said they will abide by the directive, but the government must work out alternative ways of helping artists survive.

His stance was shared by Musicians Union of Malawi president Gloria Manong’a who said much as they appreciate the government’s position on the issue, musicians need a financial bailout as they have been hit hard.

“We are musicians and we cannot just turn ourselves into vegetable sellers overnight. At least, other sectors are working in different circumstances and earning a little something, but that cannot be said of musicians,” she said.

Manong’a urged the government to provide small and short medium loans to boost the economic status of the musicians.

Source: NATION《》RT

The Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation -ZNBC- has reaffirmed its commitment to continue supporting local film content.

ZNBC Director General Malolela Lusambo says local content resonates well with the Zambian audience.

Lusambo said this when the National Association of Media Arts -NAMA- called on him at Mass Media complex in Lusaka today.

And ZNBC Director of Programmes Rose Chumpuka said the institution is ready and determined to provide the necessary platform that will enhance growth among players in the film industry.

Chumpuka said the Arts industry has the potential to contribute positively to the economic development of the country.

Meanwhile, NAMA president Lottie Siame said the Arts industry will work with ZNBC to grow the film industry.

And Association Publicity Secretary Bridget Malumba said ZNBC is the only vehicle that the film industry can use to ensure that their works are seen countrywide.

Source: ZNBC《》RT

Embrace your natural beauty!

A 12-year-old grade 7 girl of Zambia's Mufulira, Sylvia Namukoko (in yellow), has been crowned Melanin queen in an online challenge sponsored by US-based Zambian George Mtonga.
Sylvia wins K6,000 cash, a shopping trip, school sponsorship up to grade 12 and a modelling coaching contract with renowned modelling coach Mainga Sanderson.

The five-year-old Alexa of Livingstone was runner up in the challenge and won herself K3,000.

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