Jul 10, 2019

The South African Uber driving singing his way to opera fame

A South African Uber driver who loves belting out arias at full volume for his passengers has found fame and a career in opera - thanks to a viral video of a performance in his cab. He has also been invited to compete in the Voices of South Africa International Opera Singing Competition to be held in Cape Town between 18 and 28 July. "I am a natural singer but in other genres like gospel and jazz. In opera I find myself investing a lot of time trying to learn all the aspects you need to take on board to become a successful opera singer." Opera, which in the apartheid era was seen as an elitist Eurocentric art form, has since been transformed in South Africa to incorporate a distinctly African flavour. Conrad Cupido, a singing teacher and board member of Cape Town Opera, was among the first to view the Facebook video of Mngoma and set the wheels in motion for an audition with Cape Town Opera in mid-June.

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