Turning junk into cinema magic

Turning junk into cinema magic

South African film producer Anant Singh has acquired the worldwide distribution rights to The Legend Of The Sky Kingdom. Made in Zimbabwe, the film's characters and sets were created exclusively from junk, giving birth to the world's newest animation style, "junkmation".
SA Music Week reaches out

Indigenous music finds a home

The Limpopo government has launched a R1.3-million project to build a central library in the province to store, preserve and provide information and services on indigenous music.
JM Coetzee wins Nobel Prize

JM Coetzee wins Nobel Prize

Writer JM Coetzee won the Nobel Prize in Literature for 2003, becoming the second South African to scoop literature's most prestigious prize. The Swedish Academy, announcing their decision, noted the "capacity for empathy that has enabled Coetzee time and again to creep beneath the skin of the alien and the abhorrent".
Aardklop 2003: ready to rock!

Aardklop 2003: ready to rock!

Some of SA’s top musos will be in action at the Castle Loud Oppiaarde Rock Festival from 23-27 September at the Potchefstroom University Rag Farm.
SA Music Week reaches out

SA Music Week reaches out

South African Music Week returns this year with a focus on education and live music. From 23-30 August, learners around the country will be exposed to a video on careers in the music industry, while all nine provinces explode with emerging artist concerts under the Music In Public Places banner.

Ramolao Makhene, people’s actor

Arts, Culture, Science and Technology Minister Ben Ngubane has paid tribute to world-acclaimed actor Ramolao Makhene, who died of liver cancer on Sunday, saying the actor inspired South Africans through his commitment to his craft.
Kentridge: master of his craft

Kentridge: master of his craft

William Kentridge is not only South Africa's best-known artist, he is also regarded as an artist of great importance internationally, with galleries around the world queuing up to exhibit his works.
Amandla! - singing down apartheid

Amandla! – singing down apartheid

"The apartheid government took everything away from people, but it couldn't stop them from singing", says Lee Hirsch, director of the documentary Amandla!, an impassioned chronicle of the role of music as a means of protest and survival through more than 40 years of struggle against apartheid in South Africa.
The bank that's an art gallery

The bank that’s an art gallery

When you walk into Absa Towers North in Main Street, Johannesburg you have to remind yourself that it's actually a bank, not an art gallery - you'll be overwhelmed by the spectacular art in the building, part of one of the largest corporate art collections in the world, all original and all South African, dating back to 1900.
Soweto Gospel Choir takes off

Soweto Gospel Choir takes off

The Soweto Gospel Choir mixes earthy rhythms with rich harmonies to uplift the soul and express the energy of South Africa. After a 32-date tour of Australia and New Zealand, and four weeks at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, they've yet to go without a standing ovation. Not bad for a group that's only been together since November 2002.

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