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STUDIO 53 (article first published : 2006-04-9)

In Studio 53’s line-up on April 12 at 17h00 on M-Net, viewers will meet the songbird and Batman of Ghanaian music. Also known as the Golden Voice, Yasmeen started singing at the early age of four. Her lyrical voice and tender lyrics have made her a well-loved favourite with Accra’s jazz lovers. Another Ghanaian hard at work on his own style of African rhythms is Batman. This musician is very conscious of the man behind the music and is determined to look the part. His 2004 smash hit Linda is still a party favourite and Batman makes sure his smooth looks match his sultry voice.

The programme also features Kenyan designer furniture. The beauty of the furniture stems from Marc van Rampelburg’s artful combination of the simplicity of modern art and the inspiration of African design. The talented Kenyan furniture designer and his team of carpenters craft masterpieces out of African wood using a special technique The furniture resonates with style and is appealing to the eye, blending modern art with traditional African design.

Another interesting item will deal with ballet in the township. Penelope Tholoe is affectionately called the ballet angel of Alexandra and she’s giving the underprivileged children of this area a reason to dance. Located on the East Bank of Alexandra, the fledging dance company has about 90 boys and girls who pull on their leotards and slip on their ballet shoes and loose themselves in the magic of dance.




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