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#BeApp Partners with Coca-Cola to Launch Coke Studio Sessions

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#BeApp Partners with Coca-Cola to Launch Coke Studio Sessions

Katy Perry, Bebe Rexha, DJ Khaled, Steve Aoki and More Kick Off 60 days
of Live Music Streaming for Fans Around the World

ATLANTA, May 14, 2020 – #BeApp, a new live music streaming platform, and Coca-Cola today announced the launch of Coke Studio Sessions, an exclusive collaboration featuring a diverse line-up of musical performances for fans to enjoy over 60 consecutive days.

Live performances from more than 100 artists across the globe, including Katy Perry, Anitta, DJ Khaled, Bebe Rexha, Miguel, Cast of Hamilton and Steve Aoki will begin streaming today to refresh fans one virtual performance at a time and support the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

Coke Studio Sessions marks the official debut of #BeApp, the social live music streaming platform from tech industry veterans Ray Smith and Ross Mason. #BeApp is an immersive, digital destination for fans to enjoy live music in a new way. Unlike other virtual concert platforms, #BeApp will offer a variety of interactive features, including:

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●In-App Sharing: Sharing feature will encourage fans to invite friends and family to join them during the livestream.
●Currency/Points: By continuously interacting and sharing through the app, fans will earn in-app points and currency that can be redeemed for prizes, functionality upgrades and more.
●Prizes and Upgrades: Prizes include upgraded access to “front row seats,” artist shout-outs during the livestream and #BeApp swag.
●Front Row Seats: “Front row seats” offer fans a greater digital presence during the livestream, including having the user’s photo and name visible to all viewers.
●Donations: Fans will have the ability to make a donation to the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement to support Covid-19 relief efforts.

“#BeApp was designed for digital connection through a shared love of live music, and people need that connection now more than ever,” said Ray Smith, founder of #BeApp. “We’re thrilled to have Coca-Cola as our exclusive launch partner as we introduce #BeApp to fans around the world through unique new experiences.”

The first weekend of streaming will include performances from Diplo, Kaskade, DJ Khaled, among others, and kicks off at 1H00 am CAT on 15th May. Re-Runs of live content will air at 6.00pm on 15th May. Additional artists will be announced across Coca-Cola and #BeApp social channels.

“We know that people may feel lonely or isolated as a result of the pandemic, and Coca-Cola remains committed to uplifting the human spirit and fostering connection while we’re apart,” said Ricardo Fort, Vice President, Global Sports & Entertainment, The Coca-Cola Company. “By providing 60 days of live, interactive music content that fans can share and enjoy with others, we hope that Coke Studio Sessions will provide small, daily moments of entertainment for those adjusting to their new normal.”

Throughout the 60-day program, fans will have the opportunity to contribute directly to the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement to support Covid-19 efforts. The Coca-Cola Foundation has donated over $14 million to individual Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies around the world in response to Covid-19 and will additionally match up to a collective total of $3 million in consumer donations made through this program.

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“The American Red Cross is grateful for partners like The Coca-Cola Foundation for stepping up during this difficult and uncertain time,” said Koby Langley, Senior Vice President of International Services for the American Red Cross. “The Coca-Cola Foundation’s contribution supports the global Red Cross and Red Crescent network’s efforts to slow the spread of this disease and alleviate suffering that the pandemic will cause. We are deeply grateful for their generous support during this challenging time.”

Fans will be able to join the livestreams on #BeApp, which can be downloaded for free on iOS or Android devices, as well as on Coca-Cola YouTube and Facebook: Facebook

About #BeApp

BeApp is a new social streaming platform that democratizes access to the world’s best artists, performances, and music moments live. BeApp brings the world’s most loved artists directly to homes, creating a global virtual living room. Free to download, the app lets you tune into a number of one-of-a-kind immersive experiences you would find at a concert or festival. Founded by tech industry veterans Ray Smith and Ross Mason the platform adds a gamified social layer to live streaming where fans can directly interact, shop, donate, and connect with their favorite artists creating a series of music defining moments with artists such as Katy Perry, Steve Aoki, Skrillex and DJ Khaled.

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Pula The Musical Shines with Four Nominations at SA’s Independent Theatre Awards

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Excitement is palpable in the theatre community as “Pula The Musical” emerges as a frontrunner with four nominations at the highly anticipated 1st Independent Theatre Makers Awards. This groundbreaking production, which made its debut at the South African State Theatre in November 2023, has captured hearts and minds with its vibrant storytelling and rich cultural tapestry.

The nominations, announced amidst much anticipation, serve as a testament to the exceptional talent and creativity showcased in “Pula The Musical.” Leading the pack is former Miss Botswana, Palesa Molefe, whose riveting portrayal has earned her a nod for Best Lead Actress. Molefe’s performance is hailed as a highlight of the production, adding depth and emotion to the narrative.

Further elevating the musical is the dynamic duo of Simphiwe Sikhakhane and Pesalema Motshodi, nominated for their outstanding work as Best Music Composer. Their compositions breathe life into the narrative, transporting audiences on a journey through the heart of Botswana’s cultural heritage.

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In addition to the individual accolades, “Pula The Musical” has garnered nominations for Best Costume Design and the prestigious title of Best Musical. These nominations underscore the meticulous attention to detail and overall excellence that define the production.

Director of production, Andrew Kola, expressed his gratitude for the nominations, emphasizing the play’s mission to celebrate Batswana culture and talent. “Being recognized at the 1st Independent Theatre Makers Awards is a testament to the impact of our work on Southern Africa,” Kola remarked.

As anticipation builds for the awards ceremony, scheduled to take place at the esteemed Moses Molelekwa Art Centre, supporters and enthusiasts eagerly await the outcome. For “Pula The Musical,” these nominations are more than just honors—they are a validation of its profound impact on the theatrical landscape and a celebration of Southern African creativity at its finest.

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Calling All Young Innovators, Influencers, and Intellectuals in Botswana! Forbes Africa Wants You for the 2024 30 Under 30 List!

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In May 2024, the Under 30 Summit comes to Africa for its third and biggest iteration yet. Across four days in Botswana’s vibrant capital city, we will convene the most successful, innovative, and impact-minded young entrepreneurs and leaders from around the continent and around the globe. The African continent is home to the world’s youngest population and greatest growth market, ripe for catalyzing entrepreneurial capitalism at scale. Event programming will focus on spotlighting Africa’s greatest business stories and biggest opportunities, and on the investors and founders who are forging new paths forward.

For the third consecutive year, Forbes Africa is shining the spotlight on the brightest young minds in Botswana! As a nation that has hosted the last two Forbes Under 30 events, Botswana continues to be a hotbed of talent, innovation, and entrepreneurial spirit.

About Forbes Africa 30 Under 30: In its 10th year, the Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 list celebrates the continent’s most outstanding achievers under the age of 30 across diverse fields such as creative arts, business, technology, sport, and health. This annual selection aims to uncover the rising stars who are destined to become the global newsmakers of tomorrow.

Why Apply? Forbes Africa Managing Editor, Renuka Methil, highlights the significance of this list, especially in a continent with the world’s youngest population. This is your chance to join the ranks of previous honorees like Thobo Khathola, Tony Mautsu, Newman Ramatokwane, and Nijel Amos.

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Eligibility Criteria:

  • 29 years or younger on March 30, 2024.
  • Never appeared on an Under 30 list before.
  • Profit-generating business/brand.
  • Demonstrated social impact.
  • All applications and documents must be in English.
  • Nominees can select up to two categories.

Business Category Requirements:

  • Reside in, be from, or have the business/brand based in Africa.
  • Business should be two years or older.
  • Provide audited financial documents for at least two years.
  • Profit-generating.

Creative, Health/Science, and Sport Categories:

  • Proven track record of two or more years.
  • Provide documentation of substantial earnings and/or robust net worth.

Judging Process: The selection process involves four stages:

  1. Evaluation of candidates’ motivation.
  2. Submission of additional documentation for further assessment.
  3. Comprehensive analysis of financials, revenue models, and overall credibility.
  4. Expert panel of judges assessing and selecting the final 30.

How to Apply: If you’re ready to showcase your innovation, influence, and intellect to the world, visit Forbes Africa’s official website to submit your nomination. Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of Africa’s elite 30 Under 30 class of 2024!

Nominations can be made here(link is external).

Note: Forbes Africa will communicate with successful candidates at each stage. In case of no communication within the specified period, applicants should consider their nomination unsuccessful.

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Dato Seiko and other African stars out for a Music Writing Camp with by Warner Music, in Ghana

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In Ghana, Dato Seiko, the burgeoning star from Botswana, is currently making waves at a music writing camp organized by Warner Music Africa and Atlantic Records in Chana. This distinguished event has convened a diverse group of talented artists, with Dato standing as the exclusive representative from Botswana. She joins forces with renowned musicians such as Kamo Mphela from South Africa, Nkosazana Daughter, Joeboy, Yumbs, Remy Baggins, and others.

Looking back on the past year, 2023 marked a significant chapter in Dato Seiko’s career, characterized by numerous firsts and remarkable achievements. The artist graced international stages, captivating audiences at renowned events like DSTV Delicious, Luju Festival in Eswatini, and Letofe Festival in Lesotho. Notably, Dato’s hit single, “The Vow,” resonated with audiences across the United States and Asian markets, establishing a strong foothold and garnering widespread acclaim.

As Dato Seiko continues to make strides in the music industry, 2024 holds promises of further growth and expansion. The artist expresses gratitude for the unwavering support received thus far and eagerly anticipates reaching new heights on this musical journey.

Adding to her list of accomplishments, Dato Seiko recently collaborated with Warner Music, solidifying her position as a promising artist in the industry. This partnership has propelled her career to new heights, enabling her to explore and showcase her genre-fluid talents.

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Furthermore, Dato Seiko’s debut EP, ‘The Grace Effect,’ achieved remarkable success, topping the Apple Music alternative charts and earning her recognition as a trailblazer in the music scene.

In a recent announcement, Dato Seiko is set to grace the GQ Men of the Year 2023 stage on December 2nd as one of the featured performers of the night. This event, presented in partnership with Warner Music Africa, promises a night of sensational performances, with Dato Seiko poised to deliver a show-stopping act. The anticipation is building, and fans can expect nothing short of a fiery and memorable performance from the talented artist.

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