SA Oscar winners return

Tsotsi won an Oscar for best foreign language film in Los Angeles last week. Terry plays the character of Miriam, a single mother whose husband is murdered by thugs on his way home. She receives harsh and inhuman treatment at the hands of tsotsi (thug) played by Presley Chweneyagae. On her arrival, she expressed gratitude for winning the award and thanked all that were present for their support. Her mother, who lives in Rivonia Park, Vereeneging, shed tears of joy as when she saw her daughter arriving and getting all the attention. Terry said she was thrilled at meeting Hollywood celebrities such as J.B. Fox and Will Smith who congratulated the South African film stars for their achievement. Another member of the cast, Bonginkosi Dlamini who plays the chop-shop owner Fela in the film and is affectionately known as Zola after the popular television programme, Zola 7, which he presents also, arrived on Tuesday. He came in the company of South Africa’s Consul General in Lost Angels, Jeanette Ndlovub who saluted the winners for a job well-done. The presenter however pledged to remain with his long-time programme despite gunning such a fortune, which would obviously open more avenues for him in the film industry. Another Tsotsi star Pesley Chweneyagae and director Gavin Hood are expected home today. Tsotsi is the first South African movie to win an Oscar award. Brazilian group in Angola Theatre lovers in Angola are set to have a lifetime experience when a Brazilian theatre group, Olodum performs at the Angolan League of Friendship and Solidarity with People (LAASP), which is set to run from March 28 to April 1. The 16-member group would be showcasing one of its best plays tilted “Cabar’ da Ra’a” which would be a contemporary display of Brazilian culture. The comic play which premiered in 1997, has already been staged in countries such as Brazil, Great Britain and Portugal Its performance in Angola would be part of the celebrations being held countrywide to commemorate World Theatre Day, which falls on March 27. Among the major aims of the festival would be promoting cultural exchange activities between Angola and Brazil. The two countries share rich cultural heritages which face the threat of extinction through modernization and globalisation and this would be an effort towards trying to maintain the cultures and pass some of the important cultural values to young generations. The celebrations would include seminars, debates and practicing of creation with directors of Angolan theatrical groups, staging and dramaturgy, creation of characters, theatre songs and choreographies. It portrays the lives of black people in Brazil. Otto through Vanentia Otto (18) was named Namibia’s Nokia Face of Africa 2006 semi-finalist after the day-long casting sessions held at Furstenhoff Hotel in Windhoek. Casting judges Andiswa Manxiwa and Vicky Cursham announced Vanentia as the winner after the tightly contested session that was attended by hundreds of hopeful aspirants who came to try their luck in the continent’s most prestigious talent search show. All were eyeing the outstanding prize at stake for the final winner, a very attractive award of a three-year model contract with a prestigious agency. Vanentia who stands at 1.77m tall Vanentia won the judges approval and secured her place in the next round of the competition. She is set to attend two special Nokia Face of Africa “model bootcamp” selection sessions in Botswana and South Africa in June where she will join 17 other semi-finalists competing for a place as a Top Ten finalist. The ten will then take to the catwalk at Sun City on August 13 where the winner will be announced. The casting session goes to Kampala this Tuesday. Any girl aged between 16 and 24 (as at August 2006), and is at least 1.74m tall with a maximum hip measurement of 36 inches qualifies for the contest. Zambia gospel Extravaganza A gospel music extravaganza to fundraise for Joyce Mwanza’s next album rocked the Mulungushi International Conference Centre in Lusaka last week. Renowned gospel musicians like Nathan Nyirenda of the Mwe makufi fame, all-time gospel great Matthew Ngosa and youthful groups like B3 gave spectacular performances that left audiences asking for more. Mwanza was joined by various praise teams from several congregations around the city who blessed the huge crowd that attended the show. She enchanted revelers with her usual immaculate stage antics that have made her one of the most sought-after gospel musicians in Zambia. Many enjoyed the song Uluse a title-track to her last release that was Radio Christian Voice’s 2005 song of the year. Fans got a taste of the upcoming album which indeed is a masterpiece and is likely to be a collection of instant hits. She is set to reclaim her crown as the queen of gospel music and fans should look forward to showers of blessings from the upcoming release. But it was the Nyirenda’s performance that set the whole auditorium shaking. His brilliant heartfelt rendition of Mwe Makufi stole the hearts of many. Churning his tracks with emotion in a touching manner, he sent many to their knees.

March 2006
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