African Voices, a highly rated magazine programme sponsored by telecommunications giant on the world’s numero uno cable channel, CNN continues to celebrate African stars of different hue as three vocal artistes will this week face the klieg lights.
They are Rwanda’s Sherrie Silver who is a dance choreographer, actress, creative director and philanthropist; Ghana’s Shifa Amankwah-Gabbey, a spelling bee winner and Pretty Yende, a singer from Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Silver, 24, who says she is on “a mission to educate the world about African cultures through the art of dance”, is the mastermind of American singer Childish Gambino’s provocative video, This is America. The video has attracted more than 540 million views on YouTube to date.
The award-winning choreographer is currently driving a social media campaign to promote investments among rural Africa’s young people.
The second guest on the programme, 13-year-old Shifa Amankwah–Gabbey, emerged winner of 2018 National Spelling Bee competition in Ghana. The Junior High School student from Nagie’s Angels Educational Centre in Kumasi beat over 150 other spellers from various schools across the country to clinch the ultimate prize. She subsequently represented the country in the 91st Scripps Spelling Bee in the United States of America.
Her co-feature on African Voices, Yende, described as a ‘modern fairy-tale’, was born in 1985 in the small town of Piet Retief, Mpumalanga, South Africa. A soprano, her ascendancy to the top of the opera world is supersonic, having performed leading roles at opera houses internationally including La Scala and the Metropolitan Opera.
The programme airs on the CNN channel on DSTV from Friday from 9.30 a.m. with repeats on Saturday at 12.30 a.m., 4.30 p.m. and 8.30 p.m. Other repeat broadcasts come up on Sunday, 5.00a.m., 9.30 a.m. and 8.30 p.m. with more repeats on Monday and Tuesday at 5.30 a.m. and 6.30p.m. respectively.