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MTV Base debuts new African dance music show

MTV Base Africa has debuted Dance Nation, a new show that celebrates youth culture and offers a fresh perspective on South Africa’s exploding dance and music culture scene, Music In Africa reports.

The show, which premiered on June 17, will air every Friday at 17.30 CAT for 30 minutes, with eight episodes in the first season featuring players from genres such as gqom and amapiano. Singer Busiswa, choreographer Sne Mbatha, and DJ and reality show star Miss Party will host the event.

“I am so excited to be a part of Dance Nation season one,” Busiswa said. “As an artist, I know how important it is to showcase fresh undiscovered talent to the world. This kind of TV viewing allows dancers, artists and creatives alike in the business of entertainment to draw ideas and inspiration for their body of work. I am on the show to further encourage our youth to believe in their talents and use them to create a better world. Dance and arts are a medicine to the people.”

Dance Nation, according to MTV Base Africa, will be an all-around celebration of a holistic expression into the current state of inter-cultural influence, with the show providing an interesting look at how different dances and music genres are interpreted by different social and cultural expressions in the country.

“Youth culture is an important element of our programming initiatives and what better way to showcase the diversity of pop culture climate in Africa,” Paramount Africa senior vice president and general manager Monde Twala said. “Dance Nation is not just a dance showcase, it is an honour of the legacy of dance expression passed on from generation to generation. This is a recognition of our evolution in influencing culture across the globe.”

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