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Brenda Fassie: a revolution without harmony

In 2002 when it debuted, I went to see ‘Amandla: a Revolution in Four-Part Harmony,’ American Lee Hirsch’s film about the role of music in the anti-apartheid struggle. Uplifting and solemn at the same time, I admit, I cried. But I also doubted that the music in the film was the only, or even most interesting, music going on. continue reading »

Biko: Great struggles, great spirits

Thirty-five years after his death, marked on 12 September, Steve Biko’s legacy remains. In this lecture, celebrated novelist Ben Okri reflects on the meaning of Biko’s life and writings for Africa. He concludes that there are three Africas: the one that we see every day; the one that they write about and the real magical Africa that we don’t see unfolding through all the difficulties of our time. The full transcript is available here and a podcast of the lecture can be listened to here.

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Punk music rocks political change in Africa

Sep3

Punk in Africa follows punk in South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe and is a co-production between SAFTA-awarded Johannesburg company Meerkat Media and Prague-based producers Peligroso Productions and Bohemian Lion.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAbDef8jODQ&feature=results_main&playnext=1&list=PLB60B8BDCF51C1AC9[/youtube]

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