Kroon­stad crooner hits Hol­ly­wood

CityPress - - News - BIÉNNE HUISMAN bi­enne.huisman@city­press.co.za

Levy Sek­ga­pane from Kroon­stad in the Free State will fea­ture in a new Hol­ly­wood pro­duc­tion as hunky ac­tor Den­zel Whitaker’s pi­ano-play­ing dou­ble.

Sek­ga­pane hit a show­biz high note when a friend in­vited him to play the pi­ano in Back to School Mom, a drama re­cently filmed in Stel­len­bosch.

The 27-year-old opera stu­dent also got to rub shoul­ders with act­ing heavy­weights Kimberly Elise, who starred in The Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Rick Fox of Meet the Browns and Harry Len­nix, who fea­tured in the TV se­ries Doll­house.

Sek­ga­pane’s mu­sic will be in­cluded on the movie’s sound­track and com­posed by Grammy-win­ning jazz pian­ist and record pro­ducer Robert Glasper, and fel­low Amer­i­can mu­sic in­dus­try vet­eran Der­rick Hodge.

He told City Press: “I was the pi­ano dou­ble for the role Noah played by Den­zel Whitaker, be­cause he can­not play the pi­ano.

“I had to learn two new pieces, not clas­si­cal but sort of con­tem­po­rary pop, the night be­fore the shoot.”

Sek­ga­pane said se­cu­rity on the film’s sets was tight and pho­to­graphs were strictly pro­hib­ited.

The tenor – a stu­dent at the UCT Opera School – is just back from par­tic­i­pat­ing in Anam­chara, a part of the Glas­gow 2014 Cul­tural Pro­gramme in Scot­land.

He will fea­ture as Libensk of in the opera Il Vi­ag­gio a Reims, which will run at Cape Town’s Bax­ter The­atre from Tues­day un­til Satur­day.

“I’m so ex­cited to take part in the re­vival of this mag­i­cal piece by my favourite com­poser, Rossini,” he says.

PHOTO: MORITZ BECK

MUL­TI­TAL­ENTED Levy Sek­ga­pane is an opera stu­dent – and now a Hol­ly­wood hot­tie

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