African Music Activists

Meet some of Southern Africa's most talented musicians. Discover their stories and hear their work. But this podcast is about more than that. Each artist is also passionate about keeping traditional African music alive, evolving and, above all, heard. Each one is an African Music Activist.

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6. Madosini

Madosini. Ma Dosini. The mother of the Dosini clan is also the mother of an art form. The most talented and most important traditional bow player in the world. A vital force in African music. Meet her - hear her - here.
www.ru.ac.za
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JUN

5. Patricia Opondo

While all our activists are teachers to some extent, Dr Patricia Opondo has dedicated her life to creating the next generation of performers ... and teachers. Hear her story ... and the results of her work.
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MAY

4. Andrew Tracey

Performer, researcher, teacher, archivist, campaigner, inspiration. Few people have done more to document, promote and champion traditional African music and musicians than Professor Andrew Tracey. This is his remarkable story.
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MAY

3. Venancio Mbande Junior

Timbila is recognised by Unesco as one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. It is Mozambique's national instrument but, without the passion and dedication of one family, it would almost certainly have disappeared. Meet Vanancia Mbande Junior, a brilliant musician who is also doing all he can to keep this extraordinary music alive for future generations.
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MAY

2. Dizu Plaatjies

From learning the uhadi bow at his mother's knee to becoming an international superstar to being the first black professor of music at the University of Cape Town, Dizu Plaatjies has never stopped believing one thing - without its music, Africa would be lost.

6 episodes