Arsenal will ‘rip Tottenham to shreds’ says Merson and shocking stats show why

first_imgARSENAL will “rip Tottenham to shreds” in this weekend’s North London derby, according to Paul Merson.And while you might expect the ex-Gunner to side with the red half of North London, the stats do make pretty grim reading for Spurs.3 Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has it all to do as he takes his side to Arsenal this weekendCredit: GettyThe team from White Hart Lane have won just ONE of their last 26 Premier league visits to Arsenal.This came back in 2010 when they came from 2-0 down to triumph 3-2.And while Mauricio Pochettino’s side did beat the old enemy 2-0 in the Carabao Cup last season at the Emirates, Spurs have won consecutive away matches at Arsenal just once, victors in 1925 and 1926.What’s more, Spurs are seemingly having a bit of a wobble, and their away form is certainly grounds for concern.Tottenham are winless in their last seven away league games (drawn one, lost six), last enduring a longer winless run on the road between December 2011-April 2012 (eight games).Their last away triumph in the league came on January 20 with a 2-1 success at Fulham.A Fernando Llorente own goal had put the Cottagers ahead, but Dele Alli and a 93rd-minute from Harry Winks saw Spurs sneak it.3ARSENAL COULD ‘SCORE A FEW’And it’s not just the Emirates that seems to be the issue.Arsenal boss Emery has won all four of his home league games against Pochettino.This was three wins with Valencia against Espanyol between 2009-10 and 2011-12 and with Arsenal last season against Spurs.Speaking about the eagerly-anticipated clash, Merson told Sky Sports’ The Debate: “I think Arsenal will win the game quite comfortably, 4-1.”I think they [Arsenal] will rip Tottenham to shreds.”I think Spurs are struggling at the moment and if Arsenal get going then they could score a few.”The Man City game has covered over the cracks at Spurs I think.”LADBROKES 1-2-FREE Simply predict Liverpool, Rangers vs Celtic and Arsenal vs Spurs scores this weekend and win £100Most Read In FootballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticBoth teams will head into the game on the back of defeats.Arsenal were always going to be up against it at Liverpool, and so it proved as they went down 3-1.But Spurs were stunned at home by Newcastle, Joelinton scoring the only goal of a lacklustre game.3 Paul Merson is unsurprisingly backing his old club Arsenal to beat Tottenham this weekendCredit: Getty – Contributorlast_img read more

Ofahengaue out of Origin II

first_imgThe injury means he will be unavailable for Origin II in Perth on June 23 and giving him little time to prove his fitness for the Holden State of Origin series finale in Sydney on July 10.Newcastle veteran Tim Glasby, Storm forward Christian Welch, Titans prop Jarrod Wallace and Sharks forward Kurt Capewell would be the main candidates to replace Ofahengaue on Queensland’s bench.Broncos halfback Thomas Dearden limped from the field at Suncorp Stadium early on Sunday with a syndesmosis injury. He will require scans to determine the severity of the injury but Broncos medicos believe the damage is not too serious and he they are hopeful he will only miss one or two matches.Meanwhile, Dragons coach Paul McGregor said his Origin trio of Paul Vaughan, Ben Hunt and Tyson Frizell would back up for Monday’s clash with the Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium.McGregor said they had been given a three-day break to freshen up after the representative clash and returned to training on Sunday ready to prepare for the tussle with the Dogs.Canterbury expect their lone Origin representative, Maroons prop Dylan Napa, to take his place in the team on Monday.The Cowboys had a double blow on Saturday night with forwards Jordan McLean (hamstring) and Mitch Dunn (shoulder) both leaving the field during the second half of their clash with Cronulla.Eels skipper Clint Gutherson suffered a concussion early in Saturday night’s clash with Cronulla.Wests Tigers veteran Benji Marshall copped a stray elbow to the eye and winger Mahe Fonua injured his foot in the heavy loss to the Raiders on Friday night.They will be monitored to determine the extent of the damage.South Sydney announced on their website that Tom Burgess will see a specialist on Tuesday over floating cartilage in his ankle. It will most likely mean surgery and he’ll be out for up to a month.His older brother Sam Burgess underwent scheduled clean-up surgery on his shoulder on Saturday – the morning after the 20-12 loss to the Knights. He will be sidelined for about five weeks.last_img read more

Van Dijk, Ronaldo and Messi shortlisted for FIFA award

first_imgVan Dijk starred in Liverpool’s triumphant Champions League campaign.England full-back Lucy Bronze won UEFA’s women’s award and is on FIFA’s shortlist with the United States’ World Cup-winning duo Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan.Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is up against Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino of Tottenham for best men’s coach.Phil Neville, who led England’s women to a World Cup semi-final, is up for the women’s coach award with the USA’s Jill Ellis and Sarina Wiegman who guided European champions the Netherlands to the World Cup final.FIFA Best shortlistsMen’s player:Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus/Portugal), Lionel Messi (Barcelona/Argentina), Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool/Netherlands)Women’s player:Lucy Bronze (Lyon/England), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride/USA), Megan Rapinoe (Reign FC/USA)Men’s coach:Pep Guardiola (Manchester City), Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool), Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham)Women’s coach:Jill Ellis (USA), Phil Neville (England), Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands)Women’s goalkeeper:Christiane Endler (Paris St-Germain/Chile), Hedvig Lindahl (Wolfsburg/Sweden), Sari van Veenendaal (Atletico Madrid/Netherlands)Men’s goalkeeper:Alisson (Liverpool/Brazil), Ederson (Manchester City/Brazil), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona/Germany)Puskas award (for best goal):Lionel Messi (Barcelona v Real Betis), Juan Quintero (River Plate v Racing Club), Daniel Zsori (Debrecen v Ferencvaros)0Shares0000(Visited 21 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Van Dijk won the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award last week © AFP/File / Valery HACHEROME, Italy, Sep 2 – Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk is on the shortlist to add FIFA’s best player award to his UEFA Men’s Player of the Year honour.The Dutch international denied Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for the European title last week and the same trio are in the running for the FIFA accolade to be announced in Milan on September 23.last_img read more

Benteke to miss out again? Predicted Liverpool XI to face Norwich

first_img 11 18. Alberto Moreno (left back) 11 11 4. Kolo Toure (centre back) 11 23. Emre Can (centre midfield) Liverpool will play their third game in six days when travel to Norwich City for Saturday’s early kick-off in the hope of getting their Premier League campaign back on track.The Reds have only won twice in their last eight league games and have not claimed three points since beating Sunderland in December.However, manager Jurgen Klopp is likely to keep faith with the majority of the team which lost to Manchester United last week, meaning Christian Benteke may have to settle for a place on the bench again.Jon Flanagan returned from a 18-month injury lay-off against Exeter in the FA Cup in mid-week but he isn’t expected to be risked.Daniel Sturridge will not be fit after being ruled out until February, while Philippe Coutinho, Divock Origi, Danny Ings, Joe Gomez and Martin Skrtel remain unavailable.To see talkSPORT’s predicted XI click the above arrow, right. 17. Mamadou Sakho (centre back) 11 11 11 11 11 7. James Milner (centre midfield) 2. Nathaniel Clyne (right back) – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the predicted Liverpool line up in squad number order 33. Jordon Ibe (winger) 11. Roberto Firmino (striker) 20. Adam Lallana (winger) 14. Jordan Henderson (centre midfield) 11 22. Simon Mignolet (goalkeeper) 11last_img read more

Rodgers has his say on Klopp’s treatment of Benteke: ‘Jurgen knows!’

first_imgFormer Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has dismissed claims Jurgen Klopp doesn’t rate Christian Benteke and confirmed the German tried to sign the Belgian striker when he was at Borussia Dortmund.The Northern Irishman signed Benteke for the Reds last summer and, speaking on talkSPORT’s Sports Breakfast show, said that definitive judgements on the £32.5m frontman’s Anfield career are premature.  Asked if he believes Benteke has a future at Liverpool under Klopp, Rodgers was clear. “Yes, I think he will. With Christian, I think Jurgen will take his time with him.“In this country, now, everything is very ‘short-termism’, isn’t it? People look at it like, you’ve got to come in, get 20 goals in your first season or you might be deemed a failure.“I don’t think Jurgen’s looking at it as that. He tried to sign him for Dortmund. He knows he’s a good player. He met the boy, he met the agent, he met them in Germany, so he knows he’s a good player.“[Klopp] Coming in to Liverpool, he’ll know that he wants to use him. It’s going to take Christian a bit of time.”LIVERPOOL’S EUROPEAN CUP-WINNING CAPTAIN TELLS TALKSPORT CLUB MUST PERSEVERE WITH ‘PROVEN GOAL SCORER’ BENTEKERodgers also revealed the thinking behind bringing Benteke to the club, despite some people within the game being uncertain about how the striker’s style of play would fit in with Liverpool’s tactics.“I took him to Liverpool in the summer because we were really short on goals and the one thing he does give you is goals, but obviously it’s going to take him time to get up to the way the team wants to play and Jurgen wants to press.”LISTEN TO THE FULL INTERVIEW WITH BRENDAN RODGERS ON TALKSPORT HERElast_img read more

GAA NEWS: NAOMH MUIRE LADIES EARN GREAT WIN OVER TERMON IN GAELTACHT

first_imgOn Monday the reserves and seniors played Baile na nGalloglach in the banks to start.The Reserves took both points in a dominant performance and once again have set the pace in their start in the league. Some great scores today and an overall strong team performance by the Reserves. Naomh Muire 1-13 Baile na nGalloglach 0-04. The Seniors were defeated by a strong Milford side. The second half saw a much more controlled and indeed spirited performance by a very young home side and they certainly made a game of it when it looked as If Milford would totally dominate.Naomh Muire 0-06 Baile na nGalloglach 1-09Well done to our ladies this evening in Termon: Great win on their first game of the season in Comortas Peil na Gaeltachta quarter final match! They will play Naomh Columba at home, in the banks at 11am on Sunday morning.Well done to the Minors boys who defeated Killybegs on Sunday morning. Naomh Muire 4:8 Na Cealla Beaga 1:14. A minute of silence was observed before the Match against Baile na nGalloglach in memory of Sean Sweeney (former Naomh Muire Underage Player) who died recently in Leeds.  Naomh Muire also wish to extend condolences to the families of Dinny Pat O Donnell and Antoin Rodgers (Former Rann na Feirste players) and Vincent McGee (1953 County Minor Champion with Rosses Rovers) for their recent bereavements. Naomh Muire also wish to extend our sympathies to the Victims of the Buncrana tradegy. We also wish to remember the brave Men and Women who died in the 1916 rising. Ar dheis dea go raibh a ainmGood luck to Jack O’Brien, Hugh “The Yank” Boyle and Gary Boyle who are all involved in the u21 team who will play Tyrone on Wednesday evening in Celtic Park Derry at 8pm.Lotto Results 23/3/16, Jackpot €1400. Numbers Drawn: 2,5,6,11. We had no match 3 or jackpot winners this week. Next week’s Jackpot is €1460 and remember if you’re not in it you can’t win it!Our Lotto can now be played online from our website www.naomhmuire.ie. This is aimed at people on the go and people away from home. A great new way for people away from home to support the club!If anyone would like to Join the 100+ club, please make contact with any club member and we can arrange a standing order or collection of the €20 per month subscription.League fixtures for most teams are now available online at our website: www.naomhmuire.ie/fixtures WAAR is fast approaching, why not challenge yourself and sign up for WAAR which takes place on 14th May 2016.  Full details at http://www.waar.ie/. We would like to wish all our members and the wider community a happy and safe Easter. GAA NEWS: NAOMH MUIRE LADIES EARN GREAT WIN OVER TERMON IN GAELTACHT was last modified: March 30th, 2016 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:GAANAOMH MUIRESportlast_img read more

Around Whittier

first_imgSANTA FE SPRINGS – The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3752, 11912 Rivera Road, will hold a fund-raising fish fry from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday. Donation is $5.75 per person. Karaoke will follow. All proceeds will go to veterans. Pio Pico spotlights `living history’ WHITTIER – Pio Pico State Historic Park, 6003 Pioneer Blvd., will host Living History Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Highlights include an archaeology sandbox, old-fashioned games, guided tours of the park and the historic adobe home of Pio Pico, and adobe- and bread-making demonstrations. Admission is free. For more information, call (562) 695-1217, Ext. 102. Missionary to talk about Cameroon WHITTIER – Daryl Young, a La Mirada High School graduate who is now a pilot/mechanic missionary, and his wife, Sun, will speak about their experiences in Cameroon, Africa, at two churches this weekend. They will speak on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at a lunch sponsored by the Wycliffe Associates at Whittier Hills Baptist Church, 16153 Russell St. For reservations, call (562) 944-8729 or (626) 333-2939. They also will speak at 9 a.m. Sunday at the Church of the Nazarene, 15575 Foster Road, La Mirada. For more information call (562) 941-4396 or (562) 941-3570. Auto Club raises funds for hospital WHITTIER – To celebrate its “Vacation Paradise” entry in the Tournament of Roses Parade, the Automobile Club of Southern California’s Whittier office is hosting a fundraising campaign through the end of the year to benefit Orthopedic Hospital in Los Angeles. A thank-you gift will be given to all who make a donation of $1 or more. For information, call (562) 698-3721. Kids’ museum seeks holiday workers LA HABRA – Volunteer positions are available this Christmas break for local youngsters at the Children’s Museum at La Habra beginning Dec. 20. Those interested must be between 14 and 21 years old and enthusiastic about learning new skills. Those selected will be eligible to receive a $100 incentive card. Volunteers will be needed from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, in four- to six-hour shifts. For more information, visit the North Orange County Youth Center, 1811 W. La Habra Blvd., or call (562) 905-7076. Crisis shelter shop seeks volunteers WHITTIER – Sacks on the Boulevard, the Shelter’s Right Hand thrift shop that benefits the Women’s and Children’s Crisis Shelter in Whittier, wants to add to its staff of volunteers. Sales from the shop generated $50,000 for the shelter last year. If you can give a few hours one morning or afternoon a week, or even once a month, call Jan McMahon, thrift store manager, at (562) 696-1399, or (562) 699-1558. Quilt guild to meet Monday LA HABRA – The next meeting of the Friendship Square Quilt Guild will be held at 6:45 p.m. Monday at the La Habra Methodist Church, 631 N. Euclid St. Rod Houghton, a retired fireman and now a hand quilter, will speak about how he became a quilter and how he acquires and finishes vintage quilt tops. Visitors are welcome. For more information, call (562) 947-5728. From staff reports AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Daring plan to recover gold could see results in a few weeks

first_imgA daring operation to recover millions of euro of gold bullion from a shipwreck off the Donegal coast could see results shortly.Will Carrier, Operations Manager with Atlantic Subsea Ventures, the company behind the salvage operation, told RTÉ news that they hope to see results in four to six weeks.Mr Carrier was speaking on board the North Sea Giant, the huge vessel involved in the salvage operation, which docked in Killybegs this morning for a crew change. ASV has researched many WW1 and WW2 ships which were believed to be carrying gold to finance the war effort when they sank.This operation is focused on the Empress of Britain, once a luxurious ocean liner, it was requisitioned for the war in 1939.The ship sank after being attacked in 1940, first by a German bomber and then by a U Boat, over 100km off the coast of Donegal. Its location was found in 1995 but given the depth of the water there, a salvage operation was not feasible.Now, however, ASV is using high tech equipment developed for the oil and gas industry to try to find and recover the gold believed to be on the sunken vessel.It is using remotely operated vehicles and specialised cutting equipment to cut into the thick hull of the ship which was designed to withstand the ice fields around Newfoundland.Mr Carrier estimates there could be half a billion euro worth of gold with the vessel at the bottom of the sea. He says the company would like to land the gold in Ireland.Daring plan to recover gold could see results in a few weeks was last modified: June 1st, 2019 by StephenShare 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:bulliondonegalGoldNorth Sea Giantlast_img read more

South African Otello wows Met

first_imgJohan Botha performing as OtelloImage copyright the Metropolitan OperaJanine ErasmusMany great singers have taken on particular roles and made them their own – for Luciano Pavarotti it was Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Bohème. For Enrico Caruso it was the clown Canio in Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci. For Plácido Domingo it was Otello in Verdi’s opera of the same name – the great tenor first essayed the role in 1975 and has performed it more than 200 times since then.That role has now been emphatically claimed by South African tenor Johan Botha, who made his debut as Otello at the New York Metropolitan Opera on 11 February. Botha sings opposite leading US soprano Renée Fleming, who plays Desdemona, with Italian baritone Carlo Guelfi as the villainous Iago, the architect of the tragedy.Although Canadian tenor Ben Heppner laid claim to the role of the jealous Moor four years ago, today Botha is considered the leading interpreter of Verdi’s tragic character. The singer’s voice is as vast and powerful as one would expect from his massive physical build, but it is also capable of great sweetness and tenderness.Reviews of the performance have been mixed, with some critics charging that Botha’s acting skills fall short. But they have universally hailed the singer’s powerful yet elegant vocal ability and his interaction with the luminous Fleming, saying that the chemistry between the two was apparent right from the start.The audience gave Botha a standing ovation at the end of his first performance.Homegrown talentBotha was born in 1965 in Rustenburg, a town some 100km northwest of Johannesburg. He attributes his love for opera to his father, who often played his many recordings by great opera singers such as Caruso.Botha is dyslexic, and although he struggled with words as a child, he could easily read music. He took his first lessons at the age of 10 with Czech teacher Jarmilla Tellenger and later enrolled in the opera school at Pretoria’s Technical High School, where he studied with Eric Muller. By then he was already performing, singing in productions such as the première of South African composer Hendrik Hofmeyr’s The Fall of the House of Usher.Botha made his professional operatic debut in 1989, singing the role of Max the marksman in Carl Maria von Weber’s Der Freischütz (The Freeshooter). A year later he was asked by renowned baritone Norbert Balatsch, at the time the conductor of the Bayreuth Festival Chorus, to audition for a place in the chorus. Botha passed the audition and although he says it was hard to move to another country, learn German and seek out people who would support him in his burgeoning career, he did not look back.It was a time when the future of opera in South Africa seemed bleak. The government was withdrawing support and funding from the four provincial performing arts councils – until 1994, the country had only four provinces instead of the current nine. Those South African singers who were determined to make their career in opera often found that pursuing opportunities abroad was the only way.Mimi Coertse was perhaps the best-known South African opera performer of that period – for many years she was the darling of Vienna. More recently, South African singers such as Michelle Breedt, Bronwyn Forbay, Jacques Imbrailo, and the late Deon van der Walt have also made their mark overseas – but these singers returned as often as they could to their home country to perform in front of appreciative audiences. As has Botha – in spite of a diary that is booked up far in advance, he returned to South Africa in mid-2007 to perform in Johannesburg and Cape Town for the first time in 17 years.Forging an international careerCurrently based in Vienna, Botha’s international breakthrough was in 1993 at the Opera de la Bastille in Paris, where he played Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madame Butterfly. Since then he has performed at leading venues around the world and is one of only a few South African opera singers to have appeared at all of the world’s foremost opera houses – the Royal Opera House in London, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Vienna State Opera and La Scala in Milan.Botha debuted at the Met in 1997 as Canio in I Pagliacci, and over the past decade has sung 49 performances in seven roles there.He is also known for singing Wagner and has released a recording featuring well-known extracts from Wagner’s works. In June 2003 he was named Österreichischer Kammersänger (Austrian Chamber Singer), a title bestowed on distinguished singers.Seven years in the makingComposer Giuseppe Verdi took seven years to complete Otello. Initially Verdi’s librettist, Arrigo Boito, suggested the title of Iago (to distinguish it from the opera of the same name by Gioacchino Rossini) but the composer insisted on calling it Otello. Verdi uses the orchestra to great effect in this opera, helping to dramatically illustrate the events – for example, the orchestral writing plays a part in revealing the depth of evil in Iago.In writing the libretto, Boito was scrupulously faithful to Shakespeare’s original words, which is why the role calls for as much acting skill as vocal ability.By 1885 the score was essentially completed but the orchestration took a year longer, and rehearsals began in 1886. The première of the work took place in 1887.It remains to be seen whether audiences will hail Johan Botha as Otello to the same extent that they hailed Plácido Domingo. After a performance of Otello in Vienna on 30 June 1991, the audience gave Domingo 101 curtain calls and an 80-minute ovation – the longest standing ovation ever.Useful linksJohan BothaThe Metropolitan Opera HouseAll About OperaCLASSICFEEL magazineOtello on Classical NetSouth African classical singersCape Town Operalast_img read more

Ndebele car art in New York

first_imgEsther Mahlangu’s Ndebele BMW art car is one of an outstanding collection of cars adorned by other world-renowned artists. Here are some interesting things about BMW’s art cars.Esther Mahlangu’s BMW 252i, painted in 1991. Mahlangu first mapped out her designson a smaller version (of the car). (Image: BMW Blog)Wilma den HartighSouth Africa’s Esther Mahlangu, the first African artist to participate in the BMW Art Car Programme, is again showing off her colourful creation to the world at an exhibition at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. The Global Africa Project runs until 15 May 2011.South Africa also celebrates afresh Mahlangu’s achievement in becoming the first woman and African artist to join the programme.Her Ndebele BMW art car is one of an outstanding collection of cars adorned by other world-renowned artists. In 1975 American artist and sculptor Alexander Calder, who also invented the mobile, painted the first art car, a BMW 3.0 CSL. Legendary pop artist Andy Warhol painted the fourth, a BMW M1, in 1979, two years after Warhol’s peer Roy Lichtenstein painted his BMW 320i.David Hockney, an English artist based in the United States, painted the 1995 BMW 850 CSI. Hockney is considered one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century. American contemporary artist Jeff Koons painted the 17th and most recent art car, an M3 GT2.Esther Mahlangu. (Image: Amanda Khoza, News24)Mahlangu says that painting the BMW has been one of the highlights of her career. When she was invited to decorate the car in 1991, the automotive canvas was new to her, and before she tackled an entire vehicle she familiarised herself with the style by first painting the door of another BMW. However, in one week, she turned a 5 Series saloon into an Ndebele work of art.“When I was first asked to do it, I could already see the design in my head. I just wanted to do it,” she says. Many people have seen South Africa’s brightly coloured Ndebele homes, but her idea was to connect the traditional decorative Ndebele art form with a modern vehicle.It should come as no surprise that Mahlangu’s art car is attracting so much attention. In an article that appeared in the Architectural Review, South African architect Peter Rich says that Ndebele art and architecture has “remarkable spatial, formal and decorative qualities”.According to the Kyle Kauffman Gallery in New York, one of the many venues which has hosted a Mahlangu exhibition, she is believed to be the most important Ndebele artist working today.She is also considered a pioneer in the area of Ndebele art as she was the first to transfer the traditional designs onto canvas. In the past, the multi-coloured geometric Ndebele painting was reserved for decorating the outer walls of domestic buildings.The BMW Art Car ProgrammeThe BMW art cars highlight the connections between auto technology and cultural trends of the 1970s, 80s and 90s.Hervé Poulain, a French auctioneer and motor racing fanatic, first came up with the idea of an art car when he was thinking of a way to combine motorsport with art. Poulain asked Alexander Calder to paint his 3.0 CSL, which became the first car to merge art and motorsport. The car generated so much interest that BMW decided to establish a formal art car collection.Since 1975, renowned artists have created excellent art on wheels, adding 17 vehicles to the collection. Many of the cars have been exhibited in famous museums such as the Louvre, the Guggenheim and the Shanghai Art Museum.Ndebele traditionsMahlangu, who lives in Weltevrede village in the KwaMahlanga district in Mpumalanga province, speaks with great enthusiasm about Ndebele art and her career. She says that the development of her artistic talent is largely thanks to the perseverance of her mother and grandmother.“When I was a young child, they already started teaching me to paint murals. I am so thankful that they did it. Art is in my blood and I just love it. Now I just have a memory bank full of designs and colours in my head,” she says.She says that besides loving art, she believes her calling is to educate people about her culture and art. “It is sad that many of our traditions are lost. We must continue to teach our children about their culture,” she says.To ensure that the Ndebele traditions are handed down from one generation to the next, Mahlangu runs classes to instruct young children in the art of traditional Ndebele design and painting. “Children have to know where they come from.”Mahlangu works in strict keeping with Ndebele tradition. She draws freehand without sketches and only paints with chicken feathers and bundled twigs as brushes, which is the “real Ndebele way.”She is positive about the future and preservation of Ndebele art. “I am encouraged that there seems to be a greater interest in Ndebele art these days. Traditionally, it always used to be a woman’s job to do the painting, but now that more women are working, men are also doing it,” she says.International and local recognitionMahlangu’s work is widely recognised and exhibited internationally. She first came into contact with the world of international art in 1989 when the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris invited her to participate in Les Magiciens de la Terre, a contemporary art exhibition.According to African Success, a database of prominent African personalities, her work has found a place in private, corporate and public galleries worldwide. Even in her own home village Mahlangu receives many visitors who want to find out more about her approach to wall decoration.She has also exhibited in Australia, America, Japan and in many European countries. Many of her well-known murals have been on display at the New Identities Exhibition in Germany’s Bocum Museum, at the Virgin Atlantic’s music store in Times Square, the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC and at the Civic Theatre in Johannesburg.Mahlangu has also received numerous awards such as the Mpumalanga Arts and Culture Award, an award from the French Ministry of Culture and the Radio Ndebele Award in 1988 and 2001.She remains well known for her iconic BMW art car, but says that she is also proud to have painted another car. The Kyle Kauffman Gallery notes that she is one of only two female artists to be included in the prestigious Jean Pigozzi Collection of Contemporary African Art. For this event she painted a new Fiat 500 for their Why Africa? exhibition in Turin.http://www.vgallery.co.za/estherpress/default.htmWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more