Arts and culture

Mandela miniseries filming in South Africa

A six-part television series on the life of Nelson Mandela is currently being filmed in South Africa. Featuring an all-star cast of international and local actors – with Laurence Fishburne as Madiba and Terry Pheto as Winnie – the BET-produced series is due out in 2017.

Nelson Mandela in film Nelson Mandela, mini-series, BET, Laurence Fishburne, Terry Pheto, David 
Harewood, Orlando Jones, Madiba

African punks: 5 bands you should be listening to

African punk music is growing in popularity. From countries such as Kenya, Zimbabwe and South Africa, punk rock kids are making joyful noise with a very distinctive African bent. Here are five bands from Africa that you should put on your playlist.


Comedian Pieter-Dirk Uys celebrated in new documentary

A documentary on Pieter-Dirk Uys, one of South Africa’s most prolific writers, satirists and activists goes on circuit on 29 July 2016. Nobody’s Died Laughing features top South African and international celebrities who discuss his impact on South African life.


South African film-maker wins at Cannes Film Festival

South African film-maker Dan Mace has won two silver awards and critical acclaim at this year's Cannes Film Festival for two of his short documentaries. He says the short film format is growing due to the internet and improved technology.


Jazz and early youth development in South Africa

Can jazz music, like classical music, hold the key to early childhood development and inspire creativity in South African youth? Teacher Mignon van Vreden and her Bejazzled project use jazz to teach preschoolers about co-ordination, rhythm and improvisation.

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