Federer’s childhood: wooden rackets and white balls

first_imgRoger Federer, winner of 20 Grand Slam, with greater than 100 titles in his profession and with 310 weeks on the high of the world rating, critiques his beginnings in tennis on the ATP web site. “My earliest reminiscences are of enjoying with a wooden racket. As a substitute of the neon yellow tennis balls, I began with the white tennis balls. In Switzerland, we additionally use many tennis balls with out strain. I don’t know what number of gamers of this technology as we speak might say that, “Federer advised ATP, who provides “Enjoying in opposition to the wall and within the cupboards and storage doorways for hours.” Federer first met skilled gamers on the Basel event, an appointment he later conquered on ten events. “I used to chase gamers searching for autographs, which on the time was no large deal, for the reason that selfie didn’t exist. So these are actually my reminiscences from again then. “His dad and mom, Lynette Federer and Robert Federer, really helpful that, even when he performed, he deal with his research. “The unique mindset in Switzerland is, after all, schooling at all times comes first. That was the identical factor that my dad and mom additionally taught me, however I feel it’s beginning to occur extra and extra that folks actually consider that sport can be a future and a profession and a path ”Federer stated. “I hope that via what I do on a tennis courtroom, I present them, perhaps I’ll prepared the ground a bit of bit as properly. That may even be helpful for the following technology of Swiss famous person athletes. “last_img read more

Toward Railway Passenger Transport

first_imgThis editorial is addressed specifically to two persons and two institutions. The first person is the President of Liberia, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and the second, her Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy, Mr. Patrick Sendolo.  The two institutional addresses are ArcelorMittal and Putu Iron Ore Mining.The subject is Enhancing Passenger Transport. In essence, we are appealing to the government and to these institutions to ensure that passenger transport is included in the railway developments in these two companies.On Monday we carried a good story on ArcelorMittal, which announced that it had received six new locomotives to boost iron ore shipment. This was a good development, because it showed that the company is progressing businesswise by producing iron ore for export.  This is good for the economy.But we wish here to remind ArcelorMittal and Putu Mines, as well as our government that they should not forget about the people and their dire need for transport.  Why?  This is because the roads in our country are still in deplorable condition, and it will take time for government to complete its highway development program. Meanwhile, the people of Liberia, from the southeast through Nimba, Bong and Grand Bassa, need alternative transport, which is thankfully feasible through the railroads.Our immediate appeal is to ArcelorMittal, which is already operating its railway, to include, in addition to its fleet of ore locomotive carriers, those that are able to transport passengers as well. This seems to us a golden opportunity to make a big difference in passenger transportation, by adding a few cars to the railway fleet equipped for carrying people, personal belongings and produce to various destinations along the route from Yekepa through Nimba and  Bong to Bassa. Strategic picking up points could be created for this purpose and could be so organized as would not hamper the speedy transport of ore to the Port of Buchanan.All that really needs to be done, LME Minister Sendolo, is carefully to institute a study on the feasibility, how it should be organized and executed without hampering the iron ore exports.  The study should be jointly undertaken by GOL, represented by LME and other relevant Agencies and ArcelorMittal.Before the Putu railway, which will travel from Grand Gedeh County through River Gee, Grand Kru, Maryland and Sinoe counties, gets underway, a similar study should be jointly undertaken by LME, other relevant GOL Agencies and Putu Mines.  This would boost intra-southeastern travel and would be good for agriculture, business, health and even tourism.  Remember, it is the southeast that holds the nation’s largest and animal-rich forest reserve, the Sapo National Park. There are other impressive touristic sites, too, in the southeast that could be developed as important tourist destinations.These ideas for passenger railway transport are being put forward not only to enhance easy travel but also to help our people who for generations have been handicapped by the lack of efficient transport to take them from one place to another within Liberia.  Let us remember that railway transport has been successfully developed in the North America and Europe, making travel easy and cheap.  Some African nations, including SouthAfrica and even Rwanda are developing passenger and cargo railway transport, too, and this has proven to be great for business.What man–and woman–have done, man and woman can still do.   So let us in Liberia get busy and start doing what we have to do to improve transportation of people and goods throughout our country.  Our iron ore mines have given us this opportunity.  Let us seize it and move forward.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Traditional Women Honor Ellen

first_imgTraditional women on Tuesday, July 5, honored and certificated President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for “maintaining peace and stability in the country,” particularly for giving women the ‘voice’ to speak and participate in issues of national interest, while describing themselves as the foundation of any society. The honoring and certification ceremony was performed in the auditorium of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as an acknowledgement of what the women termed, “making them to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with men as compared to the past when they were inferior to men in Liberia,” an Executive Mansion press release said.President Sirleaf, while accepting the honor, said she was happy that those who planned and bestowed the honor on her did so at their own volition at a program planned in their own hearts and heads, to avoid speculations that she called the “Traditional Women together and paid them to bestow such an honor on her.”She expressed gratitude to the women, noting that it is the traditional women who have come together, “because our traditional people are the foundation of any society.”President Sirleaf paid tribute to some of the women who have been in the capital for over a week, although she did not know that they were planning to honor her. She praised them for their sacrifice using their own money to buy some of the gifts they brought to her, and for their commitment to sponsor their travel to Monrovia from other parts of the country.The President said she was even surprised that the women made their own uniforms, to properly identify them, whereas in the past people would pay for such special recognition. President Sirleaf was elated over the honor, and added: “I was taken by complete surprise, because the Traditional Women through the National Traditional Council of Liberia (NTCL) did not provide prior information regarding the honor.” However, the President accepted the recognition in good faith, “because our tradition constitutes the foundation of any society.”She said in the last 10 years of her Presidency, she along with members of the Traditional Women of Liberia and the NTCL have all been encouraged by working together for the rebuilding processes of Liberia.President Sirleaf used to the occasion to inform the women that during her next nationwide tour, she will be visiting some of the newly constructed County Service Centers, and would like to see the women and feel their presence around her and have a heart-to-heart talk with them.Earlier, Chief Zanzan Karwor, NTCL head, said in the past, an honoree bought everything to make such a program successful, thereby creating the impression that the honor came from the people’s hearts. “Today, this is not the kind of honor that we are witnessing as it is a real honor because the women made the sacrifice and paid to realize everything befitting this honor,” he said.For her part, Bong County Senator Jewel Howard Taylor, Chairperson of the Women’s Legislative Caucus, said the name “Ellen Johnson Sirleaf” will remain forever in the country’s history as a respected leader. She said President Sirleaf holds a very special place in the hearts of women in Liberia, Africa and across the world. She said President Sirleaf is indeed worthy of the women’s honor and God will grant her long life to see her legacy and impact on the women.The program was graced by senior government officials including, female legislators and other traditional leaders.President Sirleaf said that in Liberia today, the number of girls enrolling in private and public schools in the country is almost becoming equal to the number of boys. However, she said despite that achievement, there were still more girls out of school who need to be encouraged to enroll.She said in order to achieve this, more schools need to be built in places where they are accessible, where the bad roads or the lack of roads don’t hinder the girls from attending school, adding: “there is a need to connect such places with improved roads to enable children in these parts of the country to have access to education.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Malteenoes Cricket Academy bowls off from July 23

first_imgThe Malteenoes Sports Club (MSC) has commenced registration for its upcoming Cricket Academy, which bowls off on July 23.Narsingh Deonarine and Ramnaresh Sarwan benefited from the Malteenoes Cricket AcademyRegistration forms for the two-week Academy became available from this week at the club’s pavilion on Thomas Road in Thomas Lands. The Academy runs from 09:00h to 15:00h each week-day, and the fee for registration is $4,000. Lunch and snacks will be provided for the students, and the first 70 participants will be accepted.The Malteenoes Cricket Academy was, in July 1993, launched in recognition of the Club’s motto, “Our Youth, Our Future”. The MSC’s principal intention is to add to the national grid young, proud, confident individuals.The Academy caters for males and females between the ages of 6 and 18 years old. It would include classroom and field work, which would provide the tools for the participants to become cricketers, umpires, scorers, journalists and broadcasters, all of which can be well paid careers.Qualified coaches will conduct technical and physical sessions, while facilitators will talk on education, social skills, health and hygiene, etiquette, child protection, laws and history of cricket, umpiring and scoring.The Academy has produced Test players Ramnaresh Sarwan, Ryan Ramdass, Narsingh Deonarine and West Indies female Test player Indomattie Goordial.last_img read more

Wind farm near Taylor being added to B.C. Hydro’s electricity grid

first_imgIn addition to the project in Taylor, wind farms are being added in West Kelowna and Summerland.To be eligible, projects must be 15 megawatts or less in size. Zero Emission Energy secured three agreements under the crown corporation’s Standing Offer program – a program offering a simplified, streamlined procurement process for small, clean-energy projects.“Much of B.C.’s current wind capacity already comes from the north,” Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm writes. “Wind farms in the north produce enough energy to power more than 90,000 homes a year.”“Our region is rich in wind potential and we are leading the province in wind development.”- Advertisement -The three projects will add about 45 megawatts of capacity to B.C. Hydro’s system – brining its total wind power capacity to more than 700 megawatts.Once construction begins – which is scheduled for early summer – it is anticipated to create 25 to 50 jobs for each project during the 18 months. Once fully operational, each project should create between 5 to 10 full-time and part-time jobs during its 40 year existence.BC Hydro now has energy agreements for 20 projects under the Standing Offer program that include solar, wind, biomass, biogas and hydro power.Advertisementlast_img read more

Exclusive – ‘Outstanding’ midfielder key to Leicester’s survival hopes, claims Foxes coach Phillips

first_imgKevin Phillips has hailed Esteban Cambiasso’s influence in Leicester’s turnaround – claiming the Argentinean has been ‘outstanding’.Bottom of the Premier League at Christmas, the Foxes have won all but one of their last seven matches and now sit 15th, three points clear of the drop zone.Cambiasso arrived at the King Power Stadium last summer and Leicester coach Phillips believes the 34-year-old will need to be on top form in the club’s two remaining fixtures against Sunderland and QPR.“He’s an organiser,” the former Sunderland striker told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show, when asked about Cambiasso. “He’s got great qualities on the football pitch.“He’s a calming influence, when some others are losing their heads.“They look up to him. He’s been outstanding.“If we are to survive in this league we need another two big performances from him.”last_img read more

£29m signing followed by big money move for defender for Liverpool? Seven possible targets assessed

first_img 7 7 1. Ashley Williams (Swansea) – click right to see more defensive options for Liverpool – Liverpool are weighing up a fresh move for Ashley Williams, according to the Daily Mirror. The Swansea defender agreed a three-year contract extension last summer, but his impressive form in the previous campaign has alerted Brendan Rodgers to his services. The Reds boss failed in a bid for the Wales centre-back in 2013. 3. Toby Alderweireld (Atletico Madrid) – click right to see more defensive options for Liverpool – Atletico Madrid star Toby Alderweireld spent last season on loan at Southampton, and developed a taste for the Premier League. Chelsea have been linked with a swap deal for the Belgium star, with Felipe Luis returning to his former side. Liverpool have also expressed an interest and they could make a move for the 26-year-old this summer. 7 Liverpool have set about completing their transfer business early this summer, after a disappointing showing last season.In have come James Milner, Roberto Firmino, Adam Bogdan, Danny Ings and Joe Gomez, as Brendan Rodgers looks to get the Reds back into a top four spot next campaign.While the forwards have been improved, the club’s leaky defence still needs some serious work and the Merseysiders are expected to further splash the cash in the window.Right-back and centre-back are the areas which need most work, and talkSPORT have put together a list of the best targets for Rodgers to turn to.Click right above and leave your comments below… 4. Ben Gibson (Middlesrough) – click right to see more defensive options for Liverpool – England under-21 defender Ben Gibson could be the long-term solution to Brendan Rodgers’ defensive problems. The Middlesbrough centre-back has agreed a long-term deal, due to expire in 2019, with Boro but could be tempted by a £10million offer from the Anfield side. 2. Joel Matip (Schalke) – click right to see more defensive options for Liverpool – Newcastle United may be leading the race for Schalke defender Joel Matip, but don’t write off Liverpool’s interest just yet. The Reds were linked with the Cameroon international last January but failed to get a deal over the line. Could Brendan Rodgers return with an offer? 7 7 5. Rod Fanni (Marseille) – click right to see more defensive options for Liverpool – One player who would fit in Liverpool’s current model is Rod Fanni, whose contract expires at Olympic Marseille in the coming weeks. The 33-year-old right-back would be available on a free transfer and could help fill the gap left by departing Glen Johnson. The French international has also been linked by Crystal Palace. 6. Jacopo Sala (Hellas Verona) – click right to see more defensive options for Liverpool – A younger, and more expensive, option for the right-back position could be Jacopo Sala. The Hellas Verona wing-back would be a more attacking choice and his fee, while obviously more than Fanni, would not be prohibitive. The 23-year-old former Chelsea starlet’s contract expires at the end of next season and the Serie A side would be reticent to let the ex-Italy Under-21 star leave for free. 7 7 7. Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle) – Newcastle’s season was disastrous, apart from John Carver’s quotes about being the best manager in the Premier League. Another shining light in the black-and-white hole was the form of Daryl Janmaat, which has led to interest from Manchester United, Liverpool and Southampton.last_img read more

SOCCER NEWS: MCNULTY RESCUES POINT FOR CAPPRY AGAINST GWEEDORE CELTIC

first_imgCAPPRY ROVERS NOTESRESULTSBrian McCormick Sports Premier Division Gweedore Celtic 2-2 Cappry RoversU16 East Donegal Schoolboys LeagueCappry Rovers 5-1 Drumkeen Utd U14 East Donegal Schoolboys LeagueCappry Rovers 3-2 Raphoe TownLetterkenny/Northwest U12 Division 1Cappry Crusaders 1-1 Bonagee ArcadeBallyraine Utd 3-0 Cappry ColtsCAPPRY ROVERS LOTTO Last weeks lotto numbers were 6, 9, 10, 21. There was no jackpot winner.The winner of the €50 lucky ticket was Anthony Browne, Cappry.Next weeks jackpot is €1400. Remember if you’re not in you can’t win!!SENIORS Gweedore Celtic 2 Cappry Rovers 2At a windswept Screaban, Cappry Rovers will be happy enough with a share of the points. The visitors played with the aid of the wind in the first half but despite having the bulk of possession they created four chances. The home side should have gone ahead on ten minutes but Tommy Diver couldn’t convert Colin Ferry’s cross. Cappry took the lead on twenty minutes when a corner into the goalmouth broke to Michael Lynch and he lashed it into the net. Gweedore were back on level terms five minutes later when Odhran Mc Niallais was fouled in the penalty area and Jamie Boyle took the penalty and although the keeper stopped the kick the ball rolled over the goal line. Ten minutes into the second half the home side went ahead with Colin Ferry finishing an in-swinging corner from Jamie Boyle. Gweedore pushed forward but despite hitting the post and the crossbar they couldn’t increase the lead. They were made to regret those mistakes when Paddy Mc Nulty headed in from close range on seventy five minutes. Best for Gweedore were Peter Mc Gee and Jamie Boyle. A decent team effort from Cappry. Referee: Ed MooreTraining Wednesday evening as usual at McCools astro pitch, 8pm.CAPPRY ROVERS UNDER 16’sCappry Rovers 5-1 Drumkeen UtdFirst against second met in Cappry on Saturday morning. Cappry were playing against a strong breeze in the 1st half and went ahead in the 9th minute when Sean McBride picked up the ball deep in his own half and went on a mazy run and found Karl McGlynn on the right who crossed to find Sean McBride at the back post who finished well. In the 17th minute Cappry doubled their lead when a Sean McBride free kick was well saved by the Drumkeen keeper but Oisin Gallen pick up the loose the ball and picked out Luke Gavigan who volleyed his effort into the roof of the net from close range. After this Drumkeen came back into the game and went close in the 24th minute when Jerome Duffy hit the crossbar with a fine strike from outside the box. In the 29th minute Drumkeen went close again through Dylan McNamee when he put his effort just past the post. Drumkeen finally got the reward their good play deserved when Jerome Duffy hit the bar and the Drumkeen players reacted quicker and Dylan McNamee headed home. Cappry started the 2nd half well and in the 44th minute went 3-1 up when the Drumkeen keeper could only parry Sean McBrides 25 yard strike out to Kyle O’Meara who made no mistake with a fine finish. In the 50th minute Sean McBride got his 2nd with another smart finish. In the 57th minute Sean McBride got his hat trick when he picked up a Jamie Keegan pass. McBride rounded 3 Drumkeen players before curling his left foot shot into the bottom corner. The teams kept looking for goals and played some good football but neither could add more goals. Two team performances. Ref: Michael Connolly.CAPPRY ROVERS UNDER 14’sCappry Rovers 3-2 Raphoe TownThis was a clash between the top 2 in the league.Raphoe got off to a good start and were ahead in the 8th minute when Caolan McMonagle finished well at the back post. Cappry came back into the game then and pressed looking to get level but the Raphoe keeper pulled off 2 smart saves from Joel Bradley Walsh. The game was end to end now with both teams looking for goals. Raphoe double there lead when Corey McBride finished well at the back post. Raphoe were then reduced to 10 men on the stroke of half time. Cappry started well in the 2nd and pulled a goal back in 38th minute when Kieran Neeson found the bottom corner with a 20 yard strike. In the 44th minute the home side were level when Conor Doherty finished well from a Joel Bradley Walsh pass. Cappry went searching for a 3rd but Raphoe defended well and were dangerous on the break. In the 56th min Cappry took the lead when Joel Bradley Wash found Kieran Neeson who tapped home from 6 yards. Both teams played good football in tough conditions. Raphoe pressed to get level but Cappry held on to win. Two team performance’s. Ref: Michael Connolly.Next weekend they are away to Fintown Harps in the league.CAPPRY CRUSADERS AND CAPPRY COLTS UNDER 12’sCappry Crusaders 1-1 Bonagee ArcadeU12 Cappry Crusaders welcomed Bonagee Arcade to a Floodlit Cappry park on Friday 5/12/14 for a 6pm kickoff. In what was a free flowing match both sides gave as good as they got, keeping both sets of supporters glued to the action. Conor Thompson opened the scoring after some clever passing by Dane McGlinchey and Jason Dunne. A Cappry defensive mix up let Bonagee back into the game and try as they might Cappry could not create a winning goal in the final few minutes. Conor Thompson was simply outstanding, covering every blade if grass for his team. Credit also to Kian Mulligan and Odhran Thomas in defence. Thanks to Bonagee manager Mark Patton and his boys, for an action packed display which was thoroughly enjoyed by both team’s supporters.Next weeks fixture is a home tie with Gweedore Utd AFC.Ballyraine 3-1 Cappry ColtsBallyraine Utd came out on top in this match where they showed why they still have a 100% record so far. The Colts had 3 or 4 good chances early on with Sean Lyons showing well early on. Ballyraine struck twice midway through the 1st half to lead 2 nil at the break. The Colts got caught again 10 minutes into the 2nd half to go 3 down. Shortly after this the Colts put on huge pressure and got their rewards 15 minutes from the end when Daniel Taberski passed to Odhran Quigley Doherty who Struck from the edge of the box to make it 3-1. Well Done to a good Ballyraine team and the 16 players who travelled from Cappry with Cormac O’Donnell, Sean Ryan and Brenda Carr never giving up in a gritty team display.Next up is an away trip to Gweedore Celtic Cosmos.UNDERAGE TRAININGKeep an eye on our Facebook page for training times.LAST MAN STANDINGThe Last Man Standing competition is entering the 7th week and all selections are being posted on our Facebook page.We are down to the last 6 participants.Best of luck to all left in the competition.SOCCER NEWS: MCNULTY RESCUES POINT FOR CAPPRY AGAINST GWEEDORE CELTIC was last modified: December 9th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Cappry RoversNoticessoccerSportlast_img read more

The Chelsea v Tottenham quiz

first_imgChelsea and Spurs are battling for a Champions League place and face each other in an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Sunday. How much do you know about the history between these London rivals? See how many of these 10 questions you can answer correctly… [mtouchquiz 6]Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

South African opera songbird soars around the globe

first_imgSouth African soprano Pumeza Matshikiza has sung in some of the world’s greatest opera houses, and gave a rare homecoming performance in Johannesburg in March 2017.  Pumeza Matshikiza, critically acclaimed opera star, grew up in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, listening to classical music on a portable radio. Today, she sings in some of the greatest operas throughout the world. (Image: Official Pumeza Matshikiza website)CD AndersonPumeza Matshikiza fortuitously stumbled upon opera as a child living in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. Hearing a recording of Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro while scanning for stations on a portable radio, it was love at first listen.“I was just transfixed,” Matshikiza told The Australian newspaper in 2016, “I thought, ‘what language are they singing in, how people can sing like this, are they angels?’”Following her dream to imitate those voices, a teenage Matshikiza began to find her voice while singing in church choirs.As a student at the University of Cape Town, she collaborated with South African-born composer Kevin Volans on a number of his works for the Handspring Puppet Theatre. It was Volans who urged her successful application for a young artist scholarship at the Royal College of Music in London.Her rise in the world of operaIn a 2014 interview with The Guardian newspaper, Matshikiza said her varied education in music and opera is “driven by the curiosity of how the human voice works to produce these beautiful sounds”.Matshikiza sang her first lead role with Germany’s Stuttgart State Opera Company, and then later performed around the world in a variety of productions including Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess at Milan’s famous La Scala opera house, and as Mimi, the lead soprano, in Puccini’s La Bohème, a role made famous by some of opera’s legendary sopranos including Maria Callas and Angela Gheorghiu.Matshikiza gained widespread acclaim for her performance during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, seen by a global television audience of over 20-million.She was also chosen to perform at the wedding of Prince Albert of Monaco and his South African-born bride Charlene Wittstock.Ever mindful of her South African roots, Matshikiza released her first album in 2014, titled Voice of Hope, which featured, in addition to stirring versions of some of opera’s most popular arias, unique operatic renditions of classic South African songs, including  Mariam Makeba’s Pata Pata/Click Song. The album was well received by fans across Europe and South Africa.Matshikiza recorded a second collection of lesser-known opera favourites titled Arias in 2016.An opera superstarIn the often stilted world of classical music, Matshikiza is hailed as a veritable game-changing superstar. Opera Magazine called her voice “dusky, overtone-rich, abundantly sensuous, the timbre has fullness, freshness and purity alloyed to the darker tones of an almost-Callas like palette.”Of her stage performances, the Financial Mail said Matshikiza “steals audiences’ hearts, her voice is smooth, rich, flexible, her manner open and unaffected, her dramatic instinct keen.”The Sunday Times in the UK said her performances had a “distinctive beauty of a special voice.”In 2016, Matshikiza was the subject of a short but detailed documentary film by British filmmaker Claire Oakley, titled Tuning In.In an extensive 2014 profile in the Daily Mail newspaper, Matshikiza describes her performances as holistic experiences, saying “you put so much energy into your voice when you sing opera music, it involves your whole body.”Returning homeWhile Matshikiza has been always eager to return to South Africa to live and perform, there are more opportunities in Europe which has a rich tradition of live classical music. She told The Guardian “there are times when I think I would love to (return permanently to South Africa), maybe after five, 10 years, who knows?”In addition to filming music videos for her album in South Africa, Matshikiza returns regularly to the country to visit her mother and, as she did recently, to perform.On 16 March 2017, she performed alongside an upcoming South African opera talent, soprano Noluvuyiso Mpofu, at a once-off recital at Johannesburg’s Linder Auditorium. She also gave a live performance for radio station 702.The performances were made possible by Motseng Investment Holdings, whose CEO, Ipeleng Mkhari is a prominent patron of the arts in South Africa.In her introduction to the Linder performance, Mkhari highlighted the prominence and importance of Matshikiza as an inspiration to South African women, adding that “as a pioneering black woman-owned organisation, we believe that South African black women in this musical genre have been somewhat overlooked and ours is to celebrate their globally recognised excellence, passion and talent.”On this point, Matshikiza herself holds very passionate views, explaining in the Daily Mail profile that she continues to use her platform as one of the world’s top opera singers and as a proudly African woman, to passionately advocate for women’s and children’s rights:“The way to move forward is to concentrate on education and the next generation. The one truth I hold on to is that life is about opportunities and being able to recognise and seize them, paths should be open to [women]. It would be a shame if, after all we’ve endured as a nation, our efforts come to nothing.”For more information on Matshikiza’s career and to hear more of her musical talent, visit her official website. Source: Pumeza Matshikiza official website, Guardian, 702 Radio  Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more