Arts and culture

South African opera star sings for the queen

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.

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Anant Singh gets RapidLion Festival lifetime achievement award

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.


South African director to helm Hollywood action film

Donovan Marsh, South African director of the Spud films and festival favourite iNumber Number, 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.


African folklore explored in animated short film

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 audience.


Top Gear films new series in South Africa, Lesotho

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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