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Malunga follows the music

A classically trained pianist and cellist who has put in years as an entertainment lawyer, Unathi Malunga is adding new notes to her score. She is studying orchestral conducting, and plans to be the first black African woman to conduct a professional orchestra.

Mandela opera set for world premiere

Madiba: The African Opera - a dramatic musical retelling of Mandela's life featuring little-known stories from his childhood - will have its world premiere at the State Theatre in Pretoria on Friday. Unathi Mtirara, who conceived the project and wrote the libretto, talks about the vision behind the work.

Mandela opera set for world premiere

Madiba: The African Opera - a dramatic musical retelling of Mandela's life featuring little-known stories from his childhood - will have its world premiere at the State Theatre in Pretoria on Friday. Unathi Mtirara, who conceived the project and wrote the libretto, talks about the vision behind the work.

The joy of music reigns in Kinshasa’s veins

Self-taught and using patched-up, homemade and reverse engineered instruments, the Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste is doing something extraordinary. The only all-black orchestra in the world – and the only orchestra at all in central Africa – it is revelling in the beauty of classical music.

Samsung: solar health to Africa

A solar powered mobile clinic has been added to Samsung's interventions in Africa. It will offer health services to the rural poor across the country, with plans for expansion to the north of the country.
Getting internet from the sun

Limpopo Youth Orchestra releases album

An ambitious project to bring music to the poor of Limpopo, and grow well-rounded children, has borne fruit. The Limpopo Youth Orchestra has recorded its first CD.

Limpopo Orchestra releases album

An ambitious project to bring music to the poor of Limpopo, and grow well-rounded children, has borne fruit. The Limpopo Youth Orchestra has recorded its first CD.
South African youth orchestra set to wow Europe

TV series: ordinary people show the way

The third episode of Brand South Africa's Play Your Part TV series, featuring up-and-coming musician Brandon Phillips, community farmer Jimmy Botha, and high school with a difference The Ethembeni Enrichment Centre, broadcasts on SABC 1 at 12h30 on Sunday, 6 November.

Intel Capital invests $5m in SA’s Altech

Intel Capital, the investment division of global semiconductor giant Intel, is to invest a convertible loan of US$5-million in South Africa's Allied Technologies, in a deal that will see the two companies working to accelerate the adoption of broadband services in Africa.

Rhythm of the Nation

The television advert featuring South Africans of all persuasions going about their daily work, creating the "rhythm of the nation". The star of the advert - the conductor of the "orchestra" - is 10-year-old Tlotlego Tsagae, born on 27 April 1994. Click arrow to play video.