From Asia to Africa, ‘Sesame Street’ special tackles coronavirus pandemic

(Reuters) – Elmo, Cookie Monster and Muppets from Asia and the Middle East are joining forces for a special episode of “Sesame Street” aimed at helping kids cope with... Read more »

Congolese fashion designer goes virtual as virus hits runway shows

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – U.S.-based Congolese fashion designer Anifa Mvuemba was excited about debuting her fashion line, Hanifa, at this year’s New York Fashion Week. But when her show was... Read more »

Tear gas fired as crowd seizes Kenya pop star’s body to halt hasty COVID funeral

Riot police officers use teargas to disperse mourners and fans of Kenyan musician Bernard Obonyo, whose stage name is Abenny Jachiga, as they proceed his burial under the rules... Read more »

Africa’s MultiChoice looks to Netflix and Amazon in strategy shift

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Adding streaming services will give Africa’s biggest pay-TV group, MultiChoice, a head start when online viewing takes off on the continent, it said on Thursday, after... Read more »

Cameras roll again in Nollywood but Nigeria’s cinemas still dark

ABUJA/LAGOS (Reuters) – Nigeria’s film industry is creeping back to work after lockdown, and one of the first productions to resume is a new television series about a highly... Read more »

African music legend Mory Kante dies aged 70 in Guinea

FILE PHOTO: Malian singer Mory Kante performs during his concert in Mawazine Festival in Rabat May 22, 2007. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante DAKAR (Reuters) – Musician Mory Kante, who helped win... Read more »

Italian woman wins Picasso painting in French charity raffle

Raffle organizer Peri Cochin delivers a speech as the name of the winner of the painting “Nature Morte, 1921” by Spanish painter Pablo Picasso appears on the screen during... Read more »

Lockdown story time: Roald Dahl with Streep, Cumberbatch and more

LONDON (Reuters) – Stuck at home with the kids? Meryl Streep, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Cate Blanchett may be able to help. Oscar-winning New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi has lined... Read more »

Live music lifts spirits in Burkina Faso’s coronavirus curfew

OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) – On stage in an empty auditorium, backed by starry lights, Patrick Kabre plucks his electric guitar and sings through a microphone to an audience many miles... Read more »

For DJ Black Coffee, COVID-19 signals pause to rethink music business

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – He rose from South Africa’s poorest province to become one of the world’s most successful DJs, entertaining millions in dance clubs all over the globe, but... Read more »