Four decades later, post-apartheid South Africa barely recalls the Medu Art Ensemble’s contributions to the liberation struggle. But that could be changing.
The revered trombonist, composer and cultural activist never wished to be ‘the state composer’ but remained political until the end, in service of the people.
The politics of Jonas Gwangwa’s music have stayed constant over the years, and are also apparent in the eight albums he has released in South Africa since returning from 30 years of exile.
South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela made an impact across the world during his decades-long musical career.