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Beyoncé has helped usher in a renaissance for African artists

Beyoncé has helped usher in a renaissance for African artists

BEYONCÉ has released her seventh solo studio album, titled Renaissance (2022). The album, an event in global popular culture, is the first of a three-part project by the US artist. Her previous outing, the visual album Black is King (2020), collaborated with a host of African artists. Renaissance pays tribute to black dance music and again features African artists, including Nigerian singer-songwriter Tems, who is having a global moment of her own. Author JAMES CHIKOMBORERO PARADZA, Doctor of Music Candidate, University of Pretoria In history, the renaissance era (from the 1400s) was characterised by the rebirth and renewal of culture…
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Beyoncé’s boost for African artists

Beyoncé’s boost for African artists

BEYONCÉ has released her seventh solo studio album, titled Renaissance (2022). The album, an event in global popular culture, is the first of a three-part project by the US artist. Her previous outing, the visual album Black is King (2020), collaborated with a host of African artists. Renaissance pays tribute to black dance music and again features African artists, including Nigerian singer-songwriter Tems, who is having a global moment of her own. Author JAMES CHIKOMBORERO PARADZA, Doctor of Music Candidate, University of Pretoria In history, the renaissance era (from the 1400s) was characterised by the rebirth and renewal of culture…
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Black is King: A modern love story of black identity

Black is King: A modern love story of black identity

MPHO RANTAO BLACK is King, Beyonce’s much anticipated visual album which features a high number of Africans, is out to much acclaim and some criticism.   Folajomi Akinmurele as Simba. Picture: Youtube On the evening of 1 August 2020, fans across the world saw the premiere of the long-awaited visual accompaniment of ‘The Lion King: The Gift’  - an audio album curated and produced by Beyoncé and popular black and brown voices all made into a 1 hour 30-minute long film titled “Black is King”.  The late Mary Twala. Picture: Twitter Viewers on the streaming network Disney+ or on DSTV were…
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Beyoncè on 2020 her year of joy: “This is the most relaxed I’ve felt in my career”

Beyoncè on 2020 her year of joy: “This is the most relaxed I’ve felt in my career”

MPHO RANTAO R&B sensation Beyoncé made headlines as the cover model for Vogue UK’s December edition, creating three different covers for next month’s edition of the magazine. Shot by British Vogue’s youngest photographer Kennedi Carter, and interviewed by the magazine’s editor, Edward Enninful, Beyoncé details her life post-her Homecoming performance and post-Black Is King, the visual film that was a tribute to her Lion King: The Gift album. Enninful described the singer as a perfectionist to the core, a Virgo in the true sense, adding that the singer wanted her Vogue moment to be, “filled with positivity as this trickiest…
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Beyonce reference cut from Bollywood song after racist lyrics storm

Beyonce reference cut from Bollywood song after racist lyrics storm

ROLI SRIVASTAVA A song from an upcoming Bollywood film has been rewritten after social media users criticised the original lyrics as racist for glorifying fair skin and making an inappropriate reference to Black American pop star Beyonce. The offending lyrics, which translated as 'After looking at you fair woman, Beyonce would feel shy', featured in a song from a film called Khaali Peeli, whose director Maqbool Khan swiftly apologised. "(The) lyric in question was never intended racially," Khan said in a statement on Monday, adding that the film's makers were huge fans of Beyonce and had not meant any disrespect.…
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Beyoncé preps fans for #IcyPark

Beyoncé preps fans for #IcyPark

MPHO RANTAO MONTHS after dropping the second collection with Adidas for Ivy Park, R&B singer Beyoncé is back with more, thrilling fans with shots of her upcoming third drop with Adidas.  Beyoncé’s athleisure brand teased their third drop, titled #IcyPark, by taking fans to the snow slopes with a collection inspired by winter wear, featuring the faces of model Hailey Bieber, rapper Gucci Mane, and fellow R&B singer Kaash Paige. The brand posted a teaser video on Instagram showing a collection of sneakers, logo-adorned faux-fur coats, and reflective jackets all against a gorgeous backdrop of snow-capped, wintry mountaintops that resembled…
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Beyoncé and Adidas to release second IVY PARK collection

Beyoncé and Adidas to release second IVY PARK collection

MPHO RANTAO NINE months after the successful sold-out collection between first-time collaborators Beyoncé’s IVY PARK and Adidas, the two brands are returning with a sophomore collaboration for the spring/summer season.  The German athletic brand announced last year that they and Beyoncé’s IVY PARK label would be joining forces to create a sneaker range that many feel would arguably be the biggest sneaker signing since Kanye announced and dropped his Yeezy range with Adidas.  Beyoncé’s collaboration with Adidas was undoubtedly a success with her first solar orange/maroon-themed collection selling out in the beginning of 2020, after being on sale for no…
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