Barnard the movie – celebrating 50 years since the world’s first heart transplant

Chris_Barnard – Barnard The Movie
Sunday, December 3, 2017 will mark the 50th anniversary of what has been called the greatest medical achievement of the 20th century. The world’s first ever heart transplant, performed at the Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa, by the pioneering surgeon Professor Christian Barnard. The story of Barnard’s success is the stuff of legend. Fighting an uphill battle against the apartheid regime, ethical questions over the time of donor death, and a comparatively under-equipped hospital, Barnard performed the successful operation against all odds.

Due to the success of the operation, the world’s media thrust Barnard into the spotlight, making him an international superstar overnight and linking him to prominent figures such as Pope Paul VI, Sophia Loren and Princess Diana.

Now, to celebrate this monumental achievement, South African-owned international production company Karoo Films has announced  – through its CEO, Diony Kempen – that it has started production on a movie about Professor Chris Barnard and his monumental, world-renowned feat.
The film will be shot on location in and around Cape Town, with pivotal scenes taking place inside the original theatre in Groote Schuur Hospital, in which the now famous operation took place and which has been restored to its original condition.

Thanks to the significance of the event and continued worldwide interest in Chris Barnard, the movie has attracted a number of international partners. As a result, Karoo Films has secured worldwide distribution through a London based company, ensuring that the movie and the iconic deeds of Barnard will be seen and celebrated globally. In addition, the movie has found a home with a local theatrical movie distributor and is currently being considered by a local television broadcaster.Producer Robert dos Santos and director Byron Davis have announced that shooting will commence in September 2017 and that casting is currently underway. The company has partnered with the Organ Donor Foundation, the Western Province Blood Transfusion Service and the SANBS to raise awareness of blood, organ, and tissue donation, all of which enabled Barnard to achieve the impossible.

Barnard is set for release in 2018. For more information about the Barnard movie project go to

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Kwaito / Hip Hop music duo, Double S, release brand new single Dedel’ Izinja ft A-Lister and Seth Singer

Double S

Multi-talented KZN Kwaito / Hip Hop duo of Cfundo Undo and Wonderful Mavester popularly known as Double S, release their brand new single titled Dedel’ Izinja featuring  A-lister and Seth Singer.

Download Double S’s new single Dedeli’Izinja here: /

Dedel’ Izinja is a song inspired by the struggle up and coming talented musicians go through in their quest for success. With Kwaito and Hip Hop infused elements, Double S are in fine lyrical form, and proving to be new acts to watch out for.

“The song is about us as Double S and the work we’ve been putting in since the day the group was formed. Our lyrics express what we been through and what we came to do,” share the duo.

Double S was formed in 2016 where their love for music brought the dynamic pair together. The duo released their first single Shikisha in June 2016 which received positive feedback and encouraged Double S to record more music. Their latest track Dedel’ Izinja featuring A-Lister and Seth Singer has already been playlisted on close to 30 radio stations such as the likes of Jozi FM, Inanda FM, Mdantsane FM, North West FM, Motheo FM and TUT FM just to name a few.

The duo has performed at various events and functions such as Razz Matazz, The Base Club, Bundu Inn and at the Moretele Hip Hop Festival alongside Kwaito legend Mapaputsi.

Make sure to download Double S’ new record and follow them on social media for more music updates.

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