A sneak preview of this week’s episode of African Voices on CNN has shown that there will be an emphasis on young and upward mobile performing artistes.
African Voices, which is sponsored by Globacom is broadcast at 10.30 a.m. on Fridays with repeat editions at 2.30 p.m. on Saturdays, 12.30 a.m. and 7.30 p.m. on Sundays. Viewers can also watch the show on Mondays at 11:30 p.m. and on Tuesdays at 5.30 a.m.
According to Globacom in a statement, the increasing importance of performing artistes on the continent informed the decision to make them the focus of the programme.
“Whether they sought the spotlight or fell into it by chance, performers across Africa are daring to bare their souls on stage”, Globacom stated.
The programme will profile three artistes; from Cape Town, South Africa, Shannon Glover, Mozambican singer, Deltino Guerreiro and a comic genius from Uganda, Joseph Opio.
The first performance star, Shannon, told CNN: “We will leap into the world of the top South African ballerina to see how her passion for pirouettes has turned into a successful career”.
Shannon, born in Durban, began her dance training in Johannesburg at the age of four. She was awarded her RAD Solo Seal and was the winner of the South African RAD Adeline Geneè Silver Trophy.
She subsequently represented South Africa at the International Ballet Competition in Birmingham, U.K.
The second guest, Deltino Guerreiro is described as “one dreamer who is using his distinctive voice to do big things.” His songs are a successful blend of soulful sounds and lyrics in different languages (Portuguese, English and Macua) and soothing melodies.
And from his base in New York, Joseph Opio’s jokes can be heard every week on one of America’s top news satire shows, the Daily Show.”