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The South African Uber driving singing his way to opera fame

Written by on July 10, 2019

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.
“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.”


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