By Isaac Tugume
Silken-voiced Ugandan female musician Neliah, who is popularly known for her famous soothing ballad ‘Deep In Love’, is currently in Accra, Ghana, where she went to perform at the 7th Edition of the Black Star International Movie Festival, which will be held at the Hayvin, in East Legon from September 20 to 25th, 2022 .
Neliah traveled to Ghana early this week together with a team led by Cedric Singleton, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Black Market Records, ahead of her performance slated for today September 23rd, 2022.
Participants at the festival from all over the world will have the rare opportunity to experience Neliah live, such that they can enjoy her exceptional musical gifts without any inhibitions.
Real name Neliah Kansiime, Neliah is a multi-talented recording artist signed under Black Market Records who has over time released several records, among them; ‘Turn Me On’, ‘Owewange’, ‘Champion Bae’, ‘Free’, among others which she will perform live on stage.
Meanwhile, it should be noted that Black Market Records partnered with Black Star International Film Festival (BSIFF) to host the 7th Edition of the annual festival.
This year’s BSIFF festival, which is running on the theme ‘Inspiring the Business of Film in Africa’, is expected to be bigger than all the other six editions that have come before it, reason why Black Market Records decided to come on board.
Aimed at being an eye-opener for all actors in the industry of filmography and creative arts, the festival will be attended by industry stakeholders from different parts of the world, among them famous actors, actresses, directors, producers and investors.
However, unlike earlier editions, this year’s festival will feature a Master Workshop to be delivered by Black Market Records CEO Singleton on “Branding for Independent Musicians: How to Make You Attractive to Investors, Labels & Music Executives.”
Black Market Records will also support the BEST MUSIC VIDEO award category of BSIFF, whereby the award will thus be named: “BlackStar-BMR Award for BEST MUSIC VIDEO”
The already ongoing festival features five days of celebrating international and African film and cinema, special networking events, pop-up parties, exhibitions, cultural displays, community screenings, exhibitions, BSIFF’s Industry Day and the BlackStar Music Concert (BMC); offering exciting, progressive, relevant and diverse opinions and perspectives on the history, culture, experience and business of film in Ghana and Africa.
Point to note is that the BSIFF is an initiative that was started up by conscious African-Americans with an objective of providing a platform that inspires hope and love for the business of film, cinema, and film-music.
The initiative also aims at supporting independent African filmmakers to reach the right network, worldwide audience, film education, acquire relevant skills and distribution opportunities that push their creative boundaries beyond limit.
Some of the blockbuster movies that are to be screened during this year’s festival include; Talia’s Journey, Hard Shell, Soft Shell, Alossmann, Becoming Black Lawyers, A Second To Suicide and Kony (Order From Above).