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SALAY to Screen at The Black Harvest Film Festival

SALAY will screen at the Gene Siskel Film Festival for the 19th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival in Chicago, IL.

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BIKO Recording Artist Maij Hova Collaborates with Dancehall King Dallas B

Rapper Maij Hova, signed to Biko Studios’ Sierra Leonean music label, released two new singles and music videos in December, 2012. The talented newcomer who writes and produces his own music, will release his debut album in 2013, and will feature collaborations with Dallas B, among others.

View his latest music videos here.

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BIKO Studios’ SALAY wins Best African Film at San Francisco Black Film Festival

The San Francisco Black Film Festival has announced the winners of their 2012 film series. Of the 90 films that were presented in this year’s festival, the SFBFF panel of judges selected 11 official winners in each of the individual categories.

BIKO Studios’ SALAY was awarded the title of Best African Film.

The owner of BIKO Studios, Ali Kamanda is currently on set shooting another film in Sierra Leone and was alerted by phone that his film had won. “What a labor of love this has been,” writer/producer/director Kamanda said when he found out the news. “I feel so blessed… I can’t wait to tell the cast!!”

To view the San Francisco Black Film Festival’s official announcement, click here.

SALAY to Screen at the San Francisco Black Film Festival

Biko Studios is proud to announce that SALAY has been named an Official Selection at the San Francisco Black Film Festival. The festival will be held June 15 – 17, 2012 in San Francisco, CA.

SALAY’s screening date and time are TBA.

Tickets go on sale June 1.

“The mission of the San Francisco Black Film Festival is to celebrate African American cinema and the African cultural Diaspora and to showcase a diverse collection of films – from emerging and established filmmakers. This is accomplished by presenting Black films, which reinforce positive images and dispel negative stereotypes, and providing film artists from the bay area in particular and around the world in general, a forum for their work to be viewed and discussed. SFBFF believes film can lead to a better understanding of and communication between, peoples of diverse cultures, races, and lifestyles, while simultaneously serving as a vehicle to initiate dialogue on the important issues of our times.”

San Francisco Black Film Festival website

BIKO Studios Receives Two Award Nominations at San Diego Black Film Festival

BIKO Studios’ current film release, SALAY, received two award nominations this weekend at the San Diego Black Film Festival; Best Diaspora Film and Best Director.

SALAY screened at the SDBFF on January 28th, 2012 as a “Big 8” Film, considered one of the top films in the festival.

Ali Sulaiman BIKO Kamanda with his producer, Jorge Angelo Redmond