The Bungalow Road Jazz Show 10: Musicians-In-Exile Fri, 2017-03-24 16:24
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21st March 2017 marked the 57th year since the Sharpeville Massacre in South Africa. On that day in 1960 police opened fire on unarmed protestors outside the police station in Sharpeville Township, killing 69 people.
Organised by the Pan-African Congress (PAC), under the leadership of Robert Sobukwe, over 5000 Black men and women congregated to protest the racist apartheid pass laws, with the intention of filling up the prisons, thus rendering the country ungovernable.
The news of the massacre at Sharpeville led to protestors gathering in Langa Township near Cape Town, where 3 people were also killed, with 26 more injured.
After the horrific event, the apartheid government banned the PAC, the African National Congress (ANC) and other anti-apartheid movements, with the leadership imprisoned, forced to go underground or left South Africa for exile. It also pushed some of the anti-apartheid movements towards armed struggle.
In memory of Sharpeville, this episode of The Bungalow Road Jazz Show features some of the musicians and poets who went into exile as apartheid repression intensified from 1960 onwards. Heading to Europe, USA and other countries in Africa, these artists took the anti-apartheid message to an international audience, galvanising political movements and building solidarity with the banned organisations and the oppressed people of South Africa.
- Dudu Pukwana – Madodona
- Peggy Phango – Back of the Moon
- Dorothy Masuka – Khauleza
- Miriam Makeba – Umquokozo
- Chris McGregor’s Brotherhood of Breath – Andromeda
- Hugh Masekela & Letta Moulu – U Se Mcani
- Abdullah Ibrahim – Black and Brown Cherries
- Sathima Bea Benjamin – African Songbird
- Keorapetse Kgositsile – Anguish Longer Than Sorrow*
- Johnny Dyani – Lakutshonilanga
- Ndikho Xaba – Nomusa
- Caiphus Semenya – Nomalanga
*Recording produced by Lyrik Line