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Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom stars wow fans at Toronto International Film Festival

Movie premiere plays to eight-minute ovation Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom had its first international screening at the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday, 7 September 2013. The stars of the film, Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Riaad Moosa, Terry Pheto, Deon Lotz and Lindiwe Matshikiza, surprised throngs of fans when they stopped to pose for […]

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Brandy plays to an empty stadium in South Africa

American R&B star was surprise guest at Mandela Sports and Culture Day but most of the audience had left beforehand. Did Brandy play to a stadium of 89,960 empty seats on Saturday? The singer reportedly performed for a crowd of no more than 40 people at the end of a day-long arts and sports event […]

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Mandela Documentary Examines Power of Music

What role has music played in Nelson Mandela’s life? A new documentary explores how he used song as a powerful weapon against apartheid. Nelson Mandela once said: “Music is a great blessing. It has the power to elevate and liberate us. It sets people free to dream. It can unite us to sing with one […]

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The African Children’s Choir Joined By The Lone Bellow & More

“The curious beauty of African music is that it uplifts even as it tells a sad tale. You may be poor, you may have only a ramshackle house, you may have lost your job, but that song gives you hope…”—Nelson Mandela This Thursday, July 25, the Grammy-nominated African Children’s Choir will be joined by several […]

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South Africa township voices ‘still thanking Papa Madiba’

Johannesburg (CNN) — At sunset, the smell of food simmering in dozens of pots starts to fill the air on 15th Avenue. Soon after, as if summoned by the aroma of meat and spices, a steady stream of cars starts rolling in, pulling up to the food stalls and carts where local women armed with […]

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Music: Auntie Flo’s Future Rhythm Machine

It’s another rainy weekday evening in Glasgow, but somewhere in Pollokshields a micro-climate is developing. Esa Williams is cooking boerewors, South African sausages, and the air is flavoured with cloves, cinnamon and allspice. The buzzer goes and Brian D’Souza welcomes in Dr John Lwanda, who is carrying several bags of cassettes, vinyl and CDs representing […]

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