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Celebrating Africa Month

Posted in African music, Jazz with tags , , , on May 20, 2009 by Rouvanne
May - celebrating Africa Month

May - celebrating Africa Month

The month of May was declared Africa Month, to further promote Africa Day (25 May) which commemorates the establishment of the Organization of African Unity. Still quite an interesting concept when you consider how much conflict we have to read about around the continent, but then it did take the EU decades, and a couple of wars, to get its story together – whether you agree with its formation or not, it has created an economic powerhouse.

Here, at the bottom end of Africa, there will be a celebration too, hosted by The Cape Cultural Collective & The District Six Museum featuring poetry, dance, music and art from the continent. Below is the invitation I received for the event this Friday (22 May) at the District Six Museum (25A Buitenkant Street, Cape Town). Continue reading


Miriam Makeba 1966 interview

Posted in African music with tags on May 12, 2009 by Rouvanne
Mama Africa Miriam Makeba

Mama Africa Miriam Makeba

Last year in November, South Africa, and the world, was deeply saddened by the passing of one of our greatest diva’s, Zenzile Miriam Makeba. She had just finished performing at a benefit concert in the town of Caserta in southern Italy for anti-mafia author Roberto Saviano (Gomorrah) when she collapsed, and died at a local hospital.

She was an amazing woman. With an amazing voice. Continue reading

Zimbabwean music continues despite odds

Posted in African music, Zimbabwe with tags , on May 5, 2009 by Rouvanne
Amandla! - singing down apartheid

Amandla! - singing down apartheid

Music and art mirror the world around us, and the more difficult the circumstances that surround artists, the more intense the result is. Some of South Africa’s most classic cultural expression was created pre-1994, when the majority of this country suffered under an oppressive regime.

During apartheid, music played a vital role in the struggle for freedom.” (Mandla Masingi) Artists such as Mzwakhe Mbuli, Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, Abdullah Ibrahim and Johnny Clegg were at the forefront of the musical revolution, but now that this country is moving forward we are exposed to more mundane issues like loslappies, aeroplanes, pot-bellies and wet welly’s! Continue reading