Tag Archives: Protest music

Amandla!: A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony

Vuyisile Mini (second from right) with comrades

Some twenty years ago the remains of one of South Africa’s greatest struggle activists and musical talents were exhumed from a pauper’s grave at the Rebecca Street Cemetery in Pretoria. Vuyisile Mini was executed by way of hanging by the apartheid government on the 6th November 1964, having been found guilty of 17 counts of sabotage, including complicity […]

The Story of the Struggle

Free Nelson Mandela protest, Berlin, September 1986

Last week we wrote about legendary musical giant, Hugh Masekela, and the role that his music played in South Africa’s liberation struggle. In fact there are countless musicians who lent their voice to the fight for equality during the dark years of apartheid in South Africa. Packed with emotion, their words served to raise awareness […]