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Hugh Masekela’s long lost 1980 concert on Lesotho frontlines reissued for the first time
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Hugh Masekela's long lost 1980 concert on Lesotho frontlines reissued for the first time

The unforgettable political climax when the trumpet player taunted the Pretoria Regime on South Africa’s border. Photo credit: Rodney Barnett It was in 1960, after the Sharpeville massacre, that the South African jazzman was exiled to England […]

Miriam Makeba: the exile ends, but the struggle continues
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Miriam Makeba: the exile ends, but the struggle continues

Miriam Makeba, and the fight goes on (episode 5). In 1985, when both her protector Sekou Touré and her daughter Bongi passed away, Miriam Makeba left Guinea, where she found refuge for over 15 years. A new and […]

Miriam Makeba: how ‘Miss Makeba’ became ‘Mama Africa’
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Miriam Makeba: how 'Miss Makeba' became 'Mama Africa'

Miriam Makeba, and the fight goes on (episode 4). Backed up by her success in the United States, the songstress has now become the voice of her people. It did not take long before the whole […]

“Miss Makeba”: thrown in at the American deep end
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“Miss Makeba”: thrown in at the American deep end

Miriam Makeba, and the fight goes on (episode 3). After having achieved great success in her country where the noose of apartheid tightened on Black people, the young singer flies away from home. A new life begins. A […]

Miriam Makeba: “Come Back Africa”
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Miriam Makeba: “Come Back Africa”

Miriam Makeba, and the fight goes on (episode 2). Starting out in a country that then turned out to feel like a prison, the singer eventually realizes her success and moves abroad. Read the article while listening to […]

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Miriam Makeba: become a singer despite the apartheid
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Miriam Makeba: become a singer despite the apartheid

Miriam Makeba, and the fight goes on (episode 1). The kid who became the muse of Pan-Africanism in songs could have missed out on her own destiny. Flashback on a young Makeba locked behind apartheid’s barbed wire. […]

Miriam Makeba, and the fight goes on
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Miriam Makeba, and the fight goes on

Miriam Makeba, and the fight goes on (prologue). Ten years ago, the South African singer, a true pan-African muse, left the earth of humanity. Listen to our Miriam Makeba playlist on Spotify and Deezer. We pay tribute to the artist and […]

Pierre Kwenders: we are family
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Pierre Kwenders: we are family

After two EPs and a debut album (Le Dernier Empereur Bantou) that explored an eclectic range of music genres and themes, Pierre Kwenders asserts himself with elegance in a afro-futurist style on this second LP, aptly titled […]