Art & Culture

Stars Discuss Creative Culture on Walking Africa Top 30: Round Table Talks Show

Five Africa’s cultural giants – including Afrobeats star D’Banj and artist-producer Tresor – have starred in Keep Walking Africa Top 30: The Round Table talk show.

The show engaged the stars in compelling discussion on the future of African culture and the creative industry while also featuring the creatives identified on the Keep Walking: Africa Top 30 list.

“I’ve always said that when hope is made visible in Africa, our culture will receive the global attention it deserves,” says D’banj, whose hit “Oliver Twist” was the first Afrobeats record to hit number one on charts across Europe.

“For me,” D’banj continues, “culture is our gold and I am constantly amazed by the depth of talent we have in Africa, personified by those on the Top 30 list.”

Top 30 list is a joint vision from Johnnie Walker™ and Trace, to identify the next generation of African creatives across music, film, media, fashion, and art.

Joining D’Banj and Tresor on the panel were media & fashion expert, and former editor-in-chief of Elle Magazine Cote D’Ivoire, Frederique Leininger; film aficionado and head of sales & distribution company AAA Films, Mayenzeke Baza, and Brand Lead House of Walker, Adrian De Wet along with; music industry expert and show moderator, Munya Chanetsa.

“While it’s impossible to project the future, African culture is without doubt on a phenomenal growth trajectory, driven by not only local consumption but long-awaited global appeal,” says moderator Munya.

The founder of Masters of The Industry further says the show, broadcasted on Trace Channels last Friday gives “viewers insight into some really unique, next gen African creatives.”

The inaugural Keep Walking: Africa Top 30 list includes creatives from across the continent, from Angola to Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Gabon, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zambia.

The Top 30 list “reflects the best, next generation of African cultural innovators and Keep Walking Africa Top 30: The Round Table reveals just how culture can bring the continent together. We couldn’t be more thrilled,” says Valentine Gaudin-Muteba, Trace Managing Director, Southern Africa.

Keep Walking Africa Top 30: The Round Table was first broadcasted across Africa via the Trace channels on December 9, 2022.