Guitarist Les Javan has composed a haunting soundtrack for the TV series Vlug na Egipte. Set in the Karoo, it is shaped by the music of the desert. It's a mixed bag of langarm, choral, goema and classical influences, and the composer has created a sound that identifies and is unique to each character.
It is a brave new media world, and data is increasingly assuming the throne when it comes to interpreting the world and telling its stories to the public. But South African publishers, squeezed by financial pressures, have taken a backseat compared to other African countries. The tried and tested is easier, says Siyabonga Africa.
Nelson Mandela inspired many people through his thoughts, words and deeds, not least among them a variety of musicians, from pop singers to opera composers. Songs calling for his freedom reverberated around the world in the 1980s; others celebrating his release inspire audiences still.
A new golden generation of top-flight football talent is taking Africa to the World Cup. The entire continent is again expected to get behind the Indomitable Lions, Super Eagles, Les Elephants, Black Stars, Desert Foxes and their young teams as they play for glory.
The hugely popular Waka Waka for the 2010 tournament in South Africa was the most commercially successful World Cup anthem ever. Catchy, vibrant, energetic and patriotic, it had all the elements needed for a stadium hit. Other anthems have not been as successful, though.
South Africa has gained international recognition as a movie shooting locale of choice; now, incentives lowering production and post-production costs for local and international moviemakers are boosting the industry's profits.
The next season of the award-winning American television series, Homeland, will be filmed in a city that is no stranger to awards itself. Shooting will run in Cape Town from mid-June to November. It is the latest in a long list of productions turning to the Mother City.