Arts

The 81-year-old woman pimping BMW’s rides

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG There aren’t many people like Esther Mahlangu. Collaborating with BMW would be a dream for any designer, but for the 81 year old South African Ndebele artist it’s all in a days work. Twenty five years ago, Mahlangu created an iconic BMW Art car, and now she’s teamed up with the German car giants again for ...

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Adele’s Australian tour: tickets offered by resale sites for $5,000 as they go on official sale

Tickets for Adele’s shows in Australia were immediately being resold for more than $5,000 after they were released on Monday. Tickets for the singer’s show at Perth’s Domain Stadium were on sale for $5,645.18 through Viagogo – more than 18 times the maximum ticket price of $308.77, with no guarantee of the seat number. Reselling sites were offering tickets for ...

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Arts diary – November 11: What’s on in Canberra’s art scene

VISUAL: Bungendore Fine Art: As I See It. A contemporary and modern body of works in oil pastels, mixed media and acrylic by artist Roz Dibley. Until November 30. Open daily, 10am-4.30pm. 42b Ellendon Street, Bungendore. See: bungendorefineart.com.au. Form Studio and Gallery: The Nature of Things – Still Life Paintings. Three artists bring strongly individual perspectives to their portrayals of intriguing objects using the medium of oil paint. ...

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The porn star who went to Iran for a nose job

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG Iranians are struggling to understand how a well-known British porn star was allowed into their country for cosmetic surgery on her nose. Candy Charms’ visit became public knowledge only after she had returned home from Iran, and posted the above picture on her Instagram account. The photo shows her wearing a black headscarf which complies with ...

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Meet the hip hop grandpas of Nairobi

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG They’re known as Kabangu, and they’re a group of hip hop grandpas who’ve been around since the 1980s — or so it appears. This ultimate band of “true hip hop heads” allegedly double as security guards by night in Kariobangi – one of Nairobi’s informal settlements. By day, the four men are said to educate and ...

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ANGELIQUE KIDJO AN AFRICAN ARTIST AND UNICEF GOODWILL AMBASSADOR

WRITTEN BY KALAHAN DENG Many of us do not know who is Angelique Kidjo, she is an African artist and Gram-my Award-Winning Musician. Universally, she is regarded as one of the most influential African artist. In 2002, she was appointed as the UNICEF GOODWILL AMBASSADOR and in five years later she founded BATONGA FOUNDATION , a non-profit organization that aims ...

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Miss Universe 2015: Was it a stunt to name wrong winner?

You may not have seen Sunday night’s Miss Universe pageant to have heard about host Steve Harvey’s major gaffe in naming, then crowning, the wrong contestant as the winner. The embarrassing blunder has been making the rounds on social media for the last 18 hours, sending #MissUniverse2015 skyrocketing to the top of the list of topics trending on Twitter. Of ...

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Baghdad holds Miss Iraq pageant for the first time in 43 years

When Shaima Qasim was crowned Miss Iraq this weekend, she not only triumphed over the other women in the competition but over threats against her life. The pageant was the first to be held in Baghdad in 43 years. “Iraq needed this,” pageant director Ahmed Leith said. “The situation is weak here, and we wanted to celebrate this the same ...

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Another famous temple of Bel in the Syria was destroyed by IS

Satellite images have confirmed another famous temple in the Syrian city of Palmyra has been destroyed, according to the United Nations. The UN training and research agency (UNITAR) released images today showing before and after the explosion on 30 August at Palmyra’s ancient temple of Bel by Islamic State. The image shows almost nothing remains according to UN satellite analysts Unosat. Last ...

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2000-year-old temple in Syria was blown up by ISIS

An ancient temple of Baalshamin in the Syrian city of Palmyra was blown up by Islamic State (IS) militants according to Syrian officials and activists. The blast caused devastating damage to the temple and killed a prominent Syrian archaeologist, Khaled al-Asaad while he was working at the site. The temple is Unesco-listed and believe to be nearly 2,000 years old and one of the city’s best-known buildings. It was “an immense ...

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