Personal Note: He is the 2nd black man who has the talent to sing opera…hm! I am happy for him…you cannot hide your talent, if you have one, and lucky enough to be singing to someone who will change your life! Peace, steve, usa July 9, 2019 firstname.lastname@example.org blog – https://getting2knowyou-china.com
The South African Uber driving singing his way to opera fame
By Mohammed AllieBBC Africa, Cape Town BBC NEWS July 2019
Media captionThe singing Uber driver is now set for the opera stage
A South African Uber driver who loves belting out arias at full volume for his passengers has found fame and a career in opera – thanks to a viral video of a performance in his cab.
A clip of Menzi Mngoma singing Verdi’s La donna è mobile in his taxi in the eastern coast city of Durban was uploaded to Facebook in May and has had more than 660,000 views.
“I’m so excited with everything that’s happening in my life right now – all the gigs I’m getting, people who recognise me, wanting to take photos with me,” the 27-year-old told the BBC.
“I feel special seeing my face on TV and in newspapers, as well as doing interviews on radio.”
The taxi driver was filmed by Kim Davey, who was on a business trip from Johannesburg
She said that during her ride with Mngoma she discovered that he was a self-taught opera singer.
I was completely bowled over. I couldn’t believe that a man with such talent was unable to use it”
“He was forced to take up a job as an Uber driver to support his young family due to a lack of opportunities for singers like himself in the country,” Ms Davey told the BBC.
As soon as Mngoma started to sing for her she got “goose bumps all over”, she says.
“I was completely bowled over. I couldn’t believe that a man with such talent was unable to use it.
“After getting his permission to post on Facebook the video I recorded of him, I had no idea it would go viral. And things have just happened so quickly for him since then.”
‘I feel like a special person’
And it has certainly been a whirlwind for the father of one.
He has auditioned for Cape Town Opera, is currently recording a single and has been invited to perform at the second annual South Africa Author’s Awards in Johannesburg on 31 July.