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South Africans championing human rights

Besides the late Nelson Mandela, many other South Africans have stood up for human rights. Among their names, we can count people like Desmond Tutu and Miriam Makeba. They have all devoted their time and talents to improving the lives of all people.

Remembering Mama Africa: 10 classic Miriam Makeba moments

9 November 2016Zenzile Miriam Makeba was born in Johannesburg on 4 March 1932; she died on 9 November 2008 in Castel Volturno, Italy, following...

Powerful women shape Africa

Women have left their mark in various fields across the continent of Africa. From medicine to fashion design and politics, they have tackled huge challenges and have emerged victorious. Their stories serve to inspire future generations.

South Africa’s musos dish on being a woman in music

It's tough being a woman in any industry; women are treated differently and some say they need to work twice as hard. Singers like Toya Delazy speak about the women who inspired them, and share their experiences in the music industry.

Jazz trumpets the notes of freedom

Jazz has always been the sound of freedom. Musically, it refuses to follow a form, rather growing organically with the musician. Politically, it has been the music of choice of resistance and rebellion, from its early days in the US's Deep South to South Africa during apartheid.

Long reign of the South African shebeen queen

Tough-talking, no-nonsense and hard-nosed, shebeen queens used their traditional beer brewing skills to send their children to school and pay their bills. In doing so, they defied the apartheid government's ban on black South Africans brewing, and became iconic figures in South African history and art.

From Daveyton to New York, Lira’s still singing her heart out

lira thumbWith her vocal gymnastics, flamboyantly African fashion sense, and the enviable ability to effortlessly switch genres, from R&B to pop to jazz, it's no wonder that Lira went from being broke in Daveyton, to mesmerising audiences in New York.

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From Daveyton to New York, Lira’s still singing her heart out

With her vocal gymnastics, flamboyantly African fashion sense, and the enviable ability to effortlessly switch genres, from R&B to pop to jazz, it's no wonder that Lira went from being broke in Daveyton, to mesmerising audiences in New York.

Final bow for Miriam Makeba

The final chapter on the life of singer Miriam Makeba has ended in Italy – poignantly, the place where her foray into international stardom began.

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Miriam Makeba, freedom singer

South African singing legend Miriam Makeba died as she lived: singing against oppression. Makeba, for decades the musical voice of the struggle against apartheid, passed away on Sunday after collapsing during a benefit concert for an Italian writer threatened with death by the Mafia.

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