Popular Angolan musician dies

He was 72 Indipwo died last Sunday in Portugal after a short illness. The musician made a mark in the late 1950’s as the other half of the “Duo Ouro Negro” duet with the late Milu Mac-Mahom Vit’ria Pereira. The duet took Angolan music and culture globally touring various countries since 1959. For the past fifty years, Indipiwo was instrumental in this diffussion of Angolan music, having created Ouro Negro Foundation in the year 2000, which had headquarters in Angola, as well as in Portugal where he was residing. He was born in 1933 and some of the major highlights of his music career include hits like Tuende Kurikutela, Larip and Ilh’u. Major boost for SA film industry Mpumalanga ‘ The South African film industry will once again witness another huge budget international film shooting in the country. The R120 million movie is due to be shot in the historic gold mining town of Barberton. The movie tells the story of gold rush entertainer Cockney Liz and filming will start once negotiations between the production company and the department of economic development and planning have been finalised. Barberton is an historic gold mining town and had the first stock exchange in Africa. It has the oldest mountains in the world and the oldest functioning gold mine. The height of the gold rush was 1886 when Barberton was a rough and ready, bustling frontier town and Cockney Liz the miners’ favourite entertainer. The movie deal is a direct result of Mpumalanga’s participation at the locations expo of the Association of Film Commissions International (AFCI) in Los Angeles in April. The locations expo was attended by 3 500 delegates from around the world and South Africa was voted the best international shooting location. China donates to Mozambique Maputo ‘The Chinese government has donated offered musical and audio-visual equipment worth US$20,000 to the Mozambican Education and Culture Ministry. The material includes acoustic guitars, drums, flutes, video cameras, and ballet equipment. Mozambique’s Deputy Minister of Education and Culture, Luis Covane, and the Chinese ambassador to Mozambique, Hong-Hong, signed the grant agreement on Monday. “Relations between Mozambique and China are historic and were consolidated during the national liberation struggle, when we saw the involvement of the Chinese government and people in political, moral, military and diplomatic support for the Mozambique Liberation Front (FRELIMO), said Covane. He added that after Mozambican independence, China extended its support to other areas for the development of the country, and an agreement of cultural cooperation was signed in 1984. He said that this cooperation was enhanced after the visits of the then Mozambican Culture Minister Miguel Mkaima to China in 2004, and of the general director of China’s State Administration of Cultural Assets to Mozambique last December. For his part, Hong-Hong claimed that culture is the basis for good relations between peoples, and his government’s gesture is a sign of its commitment to Mozambique’s cultural growth. These materials are to be distributed to Mozambican institutions working in the cultural arena, including the internationally acclaimed National Song and Dance Company (CNCD), the “Casa da Cultura” (Culture House), and the Music School, among others. Old music stars in concert Luanda ‘Angolan musicians Prado Pa’m, Lulas da Paix’o, Mig and Zecax, backed up by Os Kiezos band, enchanted the public at Kilamba Recreational and Cultural Centre during the fourth edition of Muzongue da Tradi”o programme. In two hours, former stars of local music pleased the crowd with songs of 50, 60 and 70s. The show was opened by Os Kiezos, that interpreted some songs of their repertoire. Muzongue da Tradi”o, a programme that aims at promoting, divulging and value the national music produced in the 60, 70 and 80s, started last February, under an artistic administration of Santocas. Theatre guru dies Pretoria ‘ Chief Executive Officer of the South African State Theatre Michael Lovegrove died in Pretoria Monday. He succumbed to diabetes. The State Theatre in a statement described Mr Lovegrove, 61, as having been an integral part of the country’s theatre scene for more than three decades. On assuming his tenure at the State Theatre, his challenge was to reinvent and change it into something more audience-friendly, which he achieved with his usual attention to detail. This, the theatre said, would be his heritage. Renowed theatrical producer Richard Loring echoed this sentiment, saying he believed the State Theatre would remain a living reminder of what Mr Lovegrove had achieved. “We will benefit from his service to the arts for a long time to come and it is important to honour him,” Mr Loring said. Mr Lovegrove was head of Pact Drama in 1981 when The State Theatre was launched. He then took control of the complex at the start of the new millennium following the mothballing of the Theatre.

June 2006
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