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Album Review

This session by poet Mzwakhe Mbuli didn't make it across the oceans until 1992. His text included several passionate, fiery, and incendiary poems, narratives, and expositions about the historical brutality and oppression instituted in the apartheid era. The backing ranged from supportive to emphatic, while Mbuli's voice sometimes sounded sad, and other times menacing, aggressive, or optimistic.


Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

The imprisonment of popular singer Mzwakhe Mbuli on allegedly trumped-up charges of participating in an armed bank robbery and possession of a weapon represents one of the low points of repression in South Africa. Despite evidence presented at his trial, Mbuli was sentenced to 13 years of hard labor at Leeukop Maximum Security prison in March of 1999. Known affectionately in South Africa as a "people's poet," Mbuli has been haunted for his political convictions throughout his career. His home...
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