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BY 17.12.20

Jerusalem wins Master KG big internationally

Limpopo-born musician Master KG continues his global domination and beat Nicki Minaj, Jason Derulo and Dua Lipa to bring home the Song of the Year Award at the annual NRJ Music Awards in France. This is award is for the song Jerusalem which got people across the world dancing to the South African tune.  The awards are presented by a French radio station to honour musicians across the globe.

This award follows several wins from all over the globe for Master KG.

The “Jerusalema” YouTube video has more than 260 million views and people worldwide have taken part in the “Jerusalema” dance challenge. The song has managed to get 143 million Spotify streams 18.5 million listeners from 92 countries.

He recently made it onto American rapper and business mogul, Jay-Z's Tidal 2020 playlist

Days of Cannibalism scoops top award

South African film-maker Teboho Edkins' documentary Days of Cannibalism won a top award in the documentary competition section of Egypt's El Gouna Film Festival last month. The film was awarded the El Gouna Golden Star for Documentary Filmwhich comes with a cash prize of $30 000 (about R450 000).

African Music Vol 11,2 now available online African Music Vol 11,2 now available online

For those interested in music from the African Continent, it is worth noting that the that the African Music Vol 11,2 is now available online. Many of the articles in this edition first saw the light of day as papers presented at the ICTM Study Group on African Musics, held in Accra in August 2018.

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Dr Cynthia Khumalo’s Appointment to DSAC Benefits the Sector Dr Cynthia Khumalo’s Appointment to DSAC Benefits the Sector

In a year as difficult as 2020 has been for the cultural and creative industries, positive developments are to be highly welcomed. One such development is the successful recruitment of Dr Cynthia Ntombifuthi Khumalo to join the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture.

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SA CULTURAL OBSERVATORY RELEASES REPORT ON THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 LIVE MUSIC SECTOR SA CULTURAL OBSERVATORY RELEASES REPORT ON THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 LIVE MUSIC SECTOR

While many sectors of the economy have been badly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, the live music sector has been the most severely impacted by the restrictions associated with the pandemic. This is according to the findings of the latest study, titled ‘Impact Analysis: Live Music and its Venues and the South African economy during COVID-19’ commissioned by the South African Cultural Observatory (SACO).

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Measuring the Value of the Public Investment in Arts and Culture: Approaches, Challenges and Opportunities Measuring the Value of the Public Investment in Arts and Culture: Approaches, Challenges and Opportunities

SA Cultural Observatory Chief Research Strategist & Rhodes University Professor of Economics, Prof. Jen Snowball will participate in and chair a session for Social Value Canada tomorrow on Wednesday, 30 September 2020.

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A Highlight On Our Recently Published Reports: A Highlight On Our Recently Published Reports:

The SA Cultural Observatory continues to produce valuable reports that are aimed at empowering policy makers, decisions makers and the various industry stakeholders to make informed decisions on aspects that contribute in developing and growing the industry.

African Music Vol 11,2 now available online African Music Vol 11,2 now available online

For those interested in music from the African Continent, it is worth noting that the that the African Music Vol 11,2 is now available online. Many of the articles in this edition first saw the light of day as papers presented at the ICTM Study Group on African Musics, held in Accra in August 2018.

Dr Cynthia Khumalo’s Appointment to DSAC Benefits the Sector Dr Cynthia Khumalo’s Appointment to DSAC Benefits the Sector

In a year as difficult as 2020 has been for the cultural and creative industries, positive developments are to be highly welcomed. One such development is the successful recruitment of Dr Cynthia Ntombifuthi Khumalo to join the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture.

Executive Direction December 2020 Executive Direction December 2020

As we close the year 2020, it is pretty difficult to decide as to where to start, what to talk about and what not to talk about. Just thinking about the year evokes and riles so many emotions at every level imaginable.

Join Future Festivals South Africa to map new possibilities for Festivals in the Age of Covid-19 Join Future Festivals South Africa to map new possibilities for Festivals in the Age of Covid-19

Festivals have been one of the sectors most affected by Covid-19 globally. Arts and culture festivals provide all kinds benefits to host economies, artistic producers, and to audiences, and have been increasing in number worldwide and in South Africa.

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