Art / Culture in South Africa

  • South Africa: Meet Masiphumelele's Budding Violinists

    SOUTH AFRICA, 2017/11/18 In a small classroom learners from Masiphumelele are learning a new skill: playing the violin. The outreach program, that takes place on the campus of non-profit organisation Masiphumelele Corporation, is run by Titia Blake. "I'm trying to teach children to do what I do, and that is to play for weddings and functions," she says. Blake believes that education is the only way to solve the ills of society. "And my specialty is the violin and therefore the violin program."
  • Africa: Crafting an African Victory for the World

    BOTSWANA, 2017/07/12 On May 25, 1963, Africans gathered in Addis Ababa to create the Organisation of African Unity, the precursor to today’s African Union. It stood tall in the minds of Africans who decided to unite for a common cause. It demonstrated our ability to set aside differences in order to make the world a better place. Presently, on 1 July 2017, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia will stand at the helm of the the World Health Organisation with the ambition to reform, transform and make world health and agile partner of economic transformation for the world.
  • South Africa: President Zuma Pays Tribute To Jazz Legend Johnny Mekoa

    SOUTH AFRICA, 2017/07/08 South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has extended his condolences to the family of world renowned trumpeter and chief of the Gauteng Music Academy, Johnny Mekoa, who passed away on Monday. Mekoa established the Gauteng Music Academy in 1994, which focused on teaching communities jazz, particularly the youth. In 2015, President Zuma conferred Mekoa the Order of Ikhamanga in Silver, an award for South African citizens who have excelled in arts, culture, literature, music, journalism and sport.
  • 'South Africa the art of a nation' exhibition in London

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  • Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa zips to world record in 400m

    SOUTH AFRICA, 2016/08/18 Bursting out of the blocks in Lane 8, Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa did not see an extra runner during all Olympic 400-meter final. He didn’t need to. His only real competition was the clock.
  • Long isolated, Africa’s Jewish ‘islands’ bridged by photographer’s lens

    JAPAN, 2016/07/25 The synagogues of emerging Jewish communities in Africa are often modest affairs at the end of bumpy dirt roads, communities which feel a historical or spiritual connection to Judaism, but are struggling to practice fully in their isolated conclaves. Judaism has always had a presence in North Africa, and later, in South Africa. But among this vast continent, dozens of new Jewish communities are beginning to reach out to the wider Jewish world. Some, like Ghana, believe they are historical descendants of Jewish traders in the Sahara. Others, in Uganda and Kenya, have felt a spiritual pull to Judaism. Photographer Jono David, 50, has attempted to capture intimate moments of small, emerging Jewish communities across Africa in 30 different nations and territories. An exhibition of some of those photos, The Children of Abraham and Sarah, is presently featured at Beit HaTfutsot, the Museum of the Jewish People, through December. It is part of an installation that as well includes Nina Pereg’s two videos, filmed at the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, showing preparations to flip the holy site from a mosque to a synagogue and vice versa, during the two days each year at the same time as the whole complex is open to either Jews or Muslims.