Musician Ndikho Xaba.
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Musician Ndikho Xaba rejected boundaries. He lived and played what he believed -- uncompromisingly
Jonas Gwangwa in 2010.
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.
Oliver Mtukudzi has left the world his greatest prized possession -- the gift of song.
Hugh Masekela performing in 2015.
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The protest song "Stimela" remains as much a song about present and future aspirations, as it is of the past.
Jonas Gwangwa performing in Germany in 2010.
South African jazz veteran Jonas Gwangwa has been getting recognition for the pivotal role he played in 'singing down apartheid.'
Hugh Masekela’s 30 years of exile began shortly after the Sharpeville Massacre.
Hugh Masekela's itinerary-in-exile was loud and clear in his songs.
Andile Gumbi beats down his opponent Given Mkhize in the King Kong musical.
The returned musical "King Kong" embodies the germinating seeds of two potential and mutually exclusive South Africas.
Meshack Mavuso played the role of ‘The Man with the Green Blanket’ in ‘Marikana the Musical’
Two musicals set in working class mining communities -- one in the UK and the other in South Africa -- have diametrically opposed messages: one of hope; the other, despair.
In a track called Bring it Back Home, Hugh Masekela bemoans the tendency by politicians, who after ascending to power, discard the people who helped them get there.
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Concert organisers began to compete for government contracts. Often these contracts came with conditions as to who, among musicians, was desirable at government events.