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STUDIO 53 (article first published : 2005-03-27)

Episode 61 of Studio 53 on M-Net on March 30 includes Nokia Face of Africa, an Angola Art Museum, travel in Egypt, Burundi drummers and The Flyer.

The Nokia Face of Africa competition is well underway, with the first leg of auditions being held in the Southern African region. Beautiful women from South Africa, Botswana and Mozambique all gathered for the grueling selection process. Studio 53 was there to capture the moments, the hopes and the dreams of the girls from the South.

Studio 53 is a great supporter of the arts in Africa. In all its wonderful diversity, African art, no matter which country it's from, has something that's intrinsically continental, yet unique in every way. In this episode the programme takes a look at what the Angolan art scene has to offer with a trip to a local Art Museum.

One of the oldest civilizations known to mankind, Egypt is a land of intense history and culture. Besides the obvious tourist destinations, like the pyramids, there are a myriad of sights and sounds to explore, tastes and smells to savour. Studio 53's camera and crew went off the beaten track and discovered another side of Egypt.

Known as one of the greatest percussion ensembles in the world, the "Royal Drummers of Burundi" have performed the same way for centuries. Their technique is one steeped in tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation. Studio 53 had the privilege of chatting to some group members at the recent Africa Unite concert in Ethiopia.

Studio 53 attends the launch of M-Net Original Movie The Flyer, and gets a chance to experience the compelling world of trapeze artistry. Set and shot in Cape Town, South Africa, The Flyer tells the uplifting story of a young coloured boy who swaps his life as a gangster for a life as a flyer.




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