From one of his homes, at the foot of Table Mountain, Jim Bailey would look across the great view of Cape Town city and say, "You see every twinkling light out there? Under each light is a unique story." He would spot this potential and nurture it. He unleashed potential in many young creatives' and revolutionaries.
The images from photographer Peter Magubane’s lens has immortalized the sacrifice of many South Africans, exposed apartheid, documented indigenous cultures and paved the way for transformation.
Andrew Mlangeni was prisoner 46764. He spent 26 years and eight months in the cell next door to Nelson Mandela.
The story of the African Choir 1891 has been quite widely chronicled. The amazing journey is written about in at least three books, and is the subject of a theatre production, television documentary and growing academic research.
The book “Black Sacrifice: The sinking of the S.S.Mendi, 1917” provides a deeper understanding of South African history, politics and the relationship between Europe and Africa.
Vusa Ma Zulu Credo Mutwa was a Sanusi and High Priest of African Spirituality. He was known as “the most distinguished African traditional leader in the world.”
Virtuoso Nigerian trumpeter Etuk Ubong’s fusion of African rhythm and jazz is creating an original and exciting style called “earth music.”
As an established saxophone player and recording musician, Khaya has prioritised impacting on the future generations of jazz through the Soweto Jazz Orchestra.
Sa Roy trio from Madagascar is sharing their unique and joyful sound with venues and festivals in Southern Africa.
Goema music is like the layers of the goema people. It may be rough and ready, but it is authentic and real.
There goes an old Wolof saying, roughly translated as follows. 'You can not sit on someone else's under because you will find it is already taken. You must sit on your own under.' (An under is an urn for herb and insense burning)
Maskanda means a virtuoso instrumentalist who plays traditional music on the Western instruments. Maskanda' was termed after the Afrikaans word ' musikante ' to mean musician. Many words in Zulu are adapted from Afrikaans such as (tafel).
Maskanda is music played by the man on the move. We used to say someone who was just walking playing his guitar was “umakikeleokwahe,” cutting it in his own way.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo are living the legacy sharing the heritage of isichatimiya music. They are from Kwa Zulu Natal and the teaching of the young generation, dedication and integrity has resulted in much success.
“If Africa is the home of music, then anything that comes from the head of an African artist must depict Africa. That
is the true African artist,” Fela.
Marrabenta is the national musical symbol of the South of Mozambique. It was born post WW2 in a time of shared expression and urbanization, however with the civil war of the late 70s and other more recent problems such as “the price of commodities,” Marrabenta was nearly destroyed.
Writing functions as a form of communication and identity. Isibheqe is a new form of writing developed in Southern Africa. This form is growing with interest from linguists, artists and practitioners around the world.