Welcome to the latest edition of This Week In Podcasting / African Podcast News, where we highlight the most recent developments in the world of podcasting, with a special focus on insights relevant to the African podcasting community.
#1 Mantalk.ke Make History
Mantalk.ke, a Kenyan podcast founded by Eli Mwenda and Oscar Koome, became the first sub-Saharan African podcast to produce an entire season in the UK with the support of Spotify Studios. The show has won several awards, and its success serves as an inspiration to upcoming and aspiring African podcasters. The hosts cover topics such as love, sex, relationships, masculinity, and self-development, weaving tasteful conversations with guests and demonstrating the perfect blend of banter and depth characteristic of healthy male friendships.
#2: Nominations for the African Podcast and Voice Awards are open
The African Podcast and Voice Awards are now accepting nominations for podcasters, voice actors, and spoken word artists based in Africa or those who have a significant impact on the African audio creative industry. The theme for this year’s awards is “Voices of the Future.” The deadline for nominations is May 31, 2023, and winners will be announced in September during a virtual ceremony. Visit awards.apva.africa to submit a nomination.
#3: YouTube Music rolls out podcasts for US listeners
YouTube Music has added podcasts for its US listeners. Users can access on-demand, offline podcasts, switch between audio and video versions, and continue listening in the background while casting. The podcast feature is distinct from the music listening experience and does not require a Premium or Music Premium subscription. YouTube plans to expand the feature to other regions in the future.
#4:Apply now for Youth to the Front Fund’s special call for creatives
The Youth to the Front Fund has announced a special call for creatives, inviting cultural organizers using art to address systemic injustice, shift narratives, and inspire change globally and locally. The call is open to BIPOC or BIPOC-ally creatives or collectives under 30 years old. Projects in visual arts, performance arts, music, writing and literary arts, and creative changemaking are welcome. The Creatives Fund aims to provide funding and resources, build a community of creative organizers, and support creatives and collectives through collaborations. Applications close on May 18, 2023.
#5: Amplify Newsletter Seeks Personal Stories from Podcasters
Amplify, a newsletter by Resonate for podcasters to grow their audience and improve their show, is calling for podcaster stories to feature in its “Behind the Mic” section. Selected stories will be shared in the newsletter, with minor tweaks made for clarity but not for changing the content. Podcaster stories should include fun details, use a casual tone, and be engaging.
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