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South African songstress Lira lends her voice to Disney movie

A local touch has been added to the latest Disney movie, Moana. Famed songbird Lira has recorded her own version of How Far I'll...

Watch: South African firefighters’ song and dance in Canada goes viral

As a team of 300 firefighters from South Africa's Working on Fire programme landed in Canada to join efforts to battle a massive wildfire raging in the country's Alberta province, they broke into a traditional song and dance routine in the airport arrivals hall. The video of their performance has inspired Canadians - and gone viral across the world.


Song, dance marks Africa Day

South Africans must remember and understand that they are African, says African Union Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. "We are one continent, one people and one destiny," she told people at official Africa Day celebrations in Pretoria.

Music made for Mandela

Nelson Mandela inspired many people through his thoughts, words and deeds, not least among them a variety of musicians, from pop singers to opera composers. Songs calling for his freedom reverberated around the world in the 1980s; others celebrating his release inspire audiences still.

Artists to give Madiba a standing ovation

Artists to give Madiba a standing ovation

An array of local artists, including Sipho Mabuse, Simphiwe Dana and Sello Maake ka Ncube, will pay homage to Nelson Mandela through song, dance, drama and storytelling during a free concert at the South African State Theatre in Pretoria on Wednesday night.
Africa celebrates unity in song

Africa celebrates unity in song, dance

It was a day filled more with song and dance than with speeches as Africans gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Saturday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the African Union (AU) and its forerunner, the Organisation of African Unity (OAU).

World to serenade Madiba

Exactly a month before former president Nelson Mandela celebrates his 94th birthday, South Africans and the world at large are urged to honour him with a special birthday song to make the event more special.
Madiba birthday song a group effort

This Time for Africa: the World Cup song

This Time for Africa: the World Cup song

Written by Shakira and performed with South African band Freshlyground, the official song of the 2010 Fifa World Cup - Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) - expresses the energy and vitality of the African continent.

World Cup concert on song

Organisation of the highly anticipated 2010 Fifa World Cup Kick-off Celebration concert is underway, and the first batch of artists has just been announced.
• Star-studded concert for 2010

Mbube: Linda's Lion sleeps at last

Mbube: Linda’s Lion sleeps at last

In 1939 a tall, shy Zulu migrant worker named Solomon Linda stepped up to the microphone and produced Mbube, a song that echoed around the world, becoming Pete Seeger's Wimoweh and the international classic The Lion Sleeps Tonight. Linda was paid a total of 10 shillings for the song, which went on to make US$15-million for others.


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