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When I left South Africa in 1960 I was 20 years old. I wanted to try to get an education, and music education was not…
To tell you the truth, man, we spend most of the time travelling in hotels, in festivals, in concert halls, clubs, airports. The most unenjoyable…
When people campaign for positions, they promise people all kinds of things.
I’m very interested in heritage restoration, and I’m working with a group of people to create a number of academies and performance spaces to encourage…
It’s obvious that the rest of the world loves high African culture – African culture, period.
In my view, Africa’s real problems are cultural.
I lived for music since I could think.
I grew up with protests, marches, demonstrations, struggle. But I come from a clan of community workers.
I don’t think any musician ever thinks about making a statement. I think everybody goes into music loving it.
I am a forward-looking person and live in the moment to build for the future.
I always make the joke that I go home, to one of my homes, to go and do laundry so I can go on the…
Africa has been troubled for a long time – well, the world has been troubled ever since I was born.
I’ve always stood on one fact – that all over the world, there are only two things, the Establishment and the poor people. The poor…
What people don’t know about oppression is that the oppressor works much harder. You always grew up being told you were not smart enough or…
I had to run away from home in order to be a musician. Because I came from a family of… my father was a health…
I think it is incumbent on all human beings to oppose injustice in every form.
When I left South Africa there were 10 million people – when I came back there were more than 40 million. I had to learn…
I just came from South Africa, a place that had been in a perpetual uprising since 1653, so the uprising had become a way of…
I don’t think what I do is influenced by suffering. I come from a talented people who are prolific in music and dance.
I don’t think anybody has ever been able to live up to what they promised. I don’t know a government that has ever been successful…
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