Arts and culture
Pretoria-born opera singer Simphiwe Simon Shibambu performed for Queen Elizabeth II at a
Celebration of the Commonwealth service held in London's Westminster. Shibambu performed a
dazzling version of the evocative Click Song
, traditionally sung at weddings.
South African film producer Anant Singh has received the inaugural RapidLion International Film
Festival Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the African film industry.
Donovan Marsh, South African director of the Spud
films and festival favourite
, has been selected to lead the production on his first big budget
Hollywood film, starring Gerard Butler and Gary Oldman. Shooting starts in London in July.
A short but powerful animated film is building a global audience with its heart-warming look at
African folklore. The film, Orisha's Journey
, by Ghanaian Abdul Ndadi has been
seen at a number of global short film festivals and is gaining traction with a growing online
The revamped Top Gear
motoring show, now featuring British radio personality
Chris Evans and former Friends
star Matt LeBlanc as hosts, has begun filming its
new series, and the show has chosen South Africa and Lesotho as its first destinations.
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