Zapiro 'honoured and overwhelmed' to receive France's top cultural award

He's known as South Africa's top political cartoonist and on Wednesday night Jonathan "Zapiro" Shapiro received a prestigious international award.

He is now a Knight in the Order of Arts and Letters after the French ambassador bestowed the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres award on him in Cape Town.

RELATED: LISTEN: Cartoonist Zapiro reflects on latest book, taking aim at Zupta cabal

Shapiro follows in the footsteps of other luminaries of the arts world who've received the award from the French government, including Johnny Clegg, William Kentridge, Gregory Maqoma, Zanele Muholi and Silvaine Strike.

The cartoonist joins Pippa Hudson On the Yellow Couch to talk about how special the occasion was for him.

I'm very honoured to be in that company.

Jonathan "Zapiro" Shapiro, Cartoonist

It was huge, it was overwhelming. It was also the first time in nine years that all my siblings had been together.

Jonathan "Zapiro" Shapiro, Cartoonist

In his acceptance speech, Shapiro said that all of us are cartoonists at heart, born with the impulse to create and to comment.

Pippa asks what it is that makes him venture outside the boundaries most people stay within.

People come up to me and the first thing they say is please draw me, or don't draw me, depending on how well they think they're doing, both politicians and ordinary people.

Jonathan "Zapiro" Shapiro, Cartoonist

For some reason some people start conforming. Society does kind of make you conform through school, through strictures. Some of us keep that irreverence, that naughtiness, hopefully with a bit of cerebral input.

Jonathan "Zapiro" Shapiro, Cartoonist

It's about thinking about society and what you can do.

Jonathan "Zapiro" Shapiro, Cartoonist

Listen to the in-depth interview with Shapiro here:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Zapiro 'honoured and overwhelmed' to receive France's top cultural award


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Sindiwe Magona tells Thembi Mtshali-Jones' remarkable life story in new book

Sindiwe Magona tells Thembi Mtshali-Jones' remarkable life story in new book

Theatre Road: My Story is an inspiring account of Thembi Mtshali-Jones' life as told by her dear friend and writer Sindiwe Magona.

'There's this misunderstanding that if you get raped you just carry right on'

'There's this misunderstanding that if you get raped you just carry right on'

Rape Crisis director Kathleen Dey talks about the Birds and Bees programme which helps school children expose gender myths.

Beef mince or ground beef? A lesson on food labelling

Beef mince or ground beef? A lesson on food labelling

The one meat product is pure beef and the other has ingredients such as water, soya and other flavourants added into the mix.

Sevens great Marius Schoeman hellbent on giving back to upcoming rugby talent

Sevens great Marius Schoeman hellbent on giving back to upcoming rugby talent

Former Sevens Rugby star Marius Schoeman opens up about his journey with the game and how he is paving the way for youngsters.

LISTEN:  Cartoonist Zapiro reflects on latest book, taking aim at Zupta cabal

LISTEN: Cartoonist Zapiro reflects on latest book, taking aim at Zupta cabal

Controversial cartoonist Zapiro has released his latest annual book, Hasta la Gupta, Baby!, and talks about outcry over his work.

Jonathan ‘Zapiro’ Shapiro gets personal about money

Jonathan ‘Zapiro’ Shapiro gets personal about money

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Shapiro about his attitude to money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.).

Popular articles
Stage 6 loadshedding:  'I am surprised at the shock'

Stage 6 loadshedding: 'I am surprised at the shock'

Bruce Whitfield interviews economist Dr Thabi Leoka on Eskom's shock announcement late Monday afternoon.

[WATCH] Fikile Mbalula's funny interview has social media in stitches

[WATCH] Fikile Mbalula's funny interview has social media in stitches

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

 Eskom buys fine coal that looks like baby powder when wet, says expert Ted Blom

Eskom buys fine coal that looks like baby powder when wet, says expert Ted Blom

Energy analyst Ted Blom weighs in on the energy crisis in South Africa as load shedding stage 2 is implemented.

SA's Zozibini Tunzi simply the best, crowned Miss Universe 2019

SA's Zozibini Tunzi simply the best, crowned Miss Universe 2019

The 26-year-old is the third South African to be crowned Miss Universe and has made the country proud.

Want to start a small business? Lessons from a successful serial entrepreneur...

Want to start a small business? Lessons from a successful serial entrepreneur...

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Nic Haralambous, founder (at the cost of R5000!) of funky sock company Nic Harry.

‘South Africans are getting poorer and poorer because of politics’

‘South Africans are getting poorer and poorer because of politics’

SAA is a classic example, says Isaah Mhlanga, Chief Economist at Alexander Forbes Investments.

How to make your first R1 million (after that it just becomes so much easier)

How to make your first R1 million (after that it just becomes so much easier)

Rich. Wealthy. Financially free... Call it what you will; the first million is how you get there. Warren Ingram on his book...

Did you know? SA exports electricity to seven countries in Southern Africa

Did you know? SA exports electricity to seven countries in Southern Africa

Senior Researcher at Africa Check Kate Wilkinson shares their latest from their fact-finding missions.