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Simangaliso 'Panda' Sibaya was Created To Create

Celebrating Creativity with the Blacksmith Culture Collective

We are continually in pursuit of celebrating the creativity of South African creatives and beyond. Through the "Created To Create" initiative, we laud individuals like Simangaliso 'Panda' Sibaya who redefine the contours of creativity and inspire others with their unparalleled vision.

Simangaliso 'Panda' Sibaya

Cue in Simangaliso "Panda" Sibaya, born and raised in Soweto, Panda's journey from Visual Developer to acclaimed Director has left a lasting mark on the industry, pushing boundaries and redefining visual expression.


With an illustrious career spanning collaborations with industry titans like Netflix, Sony Animation, and Dreamworks, Panda has cemented his status as a visionary force in the world of animation. But beyond the accolades and accolades lies a deeper truth – Panda's work is a reflection of his cultural heritage and personal journey.


Through his groundbreaking series, ISHA THE FLAME, Panda weaves a narrative tapestry that celebrates the richness and diversity of African culture. Drawing inspiration from his surroundings and infusing his art with a unique blend of traditional and digital techniques, Panda invites audiences on a journey of discovery and exploration.


But Panda's journey is not one he undertakes alone. Surrounded by a circle of trusted collaborators – Terence, Mogau, and Malcolm – Panda's creative endeavors are imbued with a sense of camaraderie and shared purpose. Together, they form the backbone of PANDAEXCLAMATED, a creative powerhouse on a mission to redefine African storytelling for a new generation.



As he continues to push boundaries and challenge norms, Simangaliso and his team invite you to join them on an unforgettable adventure. Through his art, he seeks to inspire, uplift, and celebrate African culture – one frame at a time.


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