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Doccie about David Bowie’s life hits M-Net screens tonight

If you are a fan of exceptional star biopics, then this is a must-watch for you.

Whether you have been a dedicated admirer of the late David Bowie or just discovering his remarkable musical legacy, don’t miss out on the opportunity to watch a captivating new documentary about his life, hailed as a “masterpiece of music documentary” by critics.

Tune in to M-Net (DStv channel 101) for the premiere of Moonage Daydream on Thursday, 3 August, at 22:00, and immerse yourself in the world of this iconic artist.

An immersive journey into David Bowie’s life and art

Directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Brett Morgen, Moonage Daydream is a captivating blend of archival footage, music, and animation, offering a glimpse into David Bowie’s evolution from a mod rocker to the iconic Thin White Duke.

However, this documentary goes beyond the realm of music; it delves into themes of creativity, identity, and the human experience.

Through Bowie’s own words, the film explores the profound impact of transformation, self-expression, and the transformative power of art.

If you are a fan of exceptional star biopics that transcend traditional documentaries such as Amy, Searching for Sugar Man, Cobain: Montage of Heck (also directed by Morgen), and What Happened, Miss Simone?, then this is a must-watch for you.

Tune in to witness this enthralling exploration of Bowie’s life and artistry.

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Bowie’s engagements in South Africa and activism against apartheid

Were you aware that Bowie made multiple visits to South Africa?

Here are some lesser known facts about Ziggy Stardust:

  • Bowie actively opposed apartheid and demonstrated his activism by performing at the Free Nelson Mandela concert in London in 1986.
  • During a trip to South Africa in 1995, Bowie and his wife, model Iman Abdulmajid, had the opportunity to meet with legendary figures Miriam Makeba and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
  • Johannesburg left a profound impression on Bowie, who described it as an “urban nightmare – Blade Runner brutal in its hostile, teeming streets, and really exciting”.
  • After returning from his visit, Bowie organised an exhibition called Mayibuye i Africa, showcasing the works of emerging South African artists, including talents like William Kentridge and Willie Bester.
  • Bowie’s impressive collection, valued at R424.37 million, featured artworks by African artists like Norman Catherine, David Koloane, Peter Bongani Shange, Percy Konqobe, and Penny Siopis.

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