Soweto

Posted Jun 4, 2011
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  1. Soweto Gospel Choir
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    Soweto Gospel Choir

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    The Soweto Gospel Choir is a South African gospel group.


  2. Soweto Blues
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    Soweto Blues (1989)

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    "Soweto Blues" is a 1988 protest song written by Hugh Masekela and performed by Miriam Makeba. The song is about the Soweto uprising that occurred in 1976, following the decision by the apartheid government of South Africa to ban all languages other than Afrikaans from school. The uprising was forcefully put down by the police, leading to the death of between 176 and 700 people. The song was recorded and released in 1976. The song became a staple at Makeba's live concerts.


  3. Soweto String Quartet
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    Soweto String Quartet

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    The Soweto String Quartet is a string quartet from Soweto in South Africa composed of Reuben Khemese, Makhosini Mnguni, Sandile Khemese and Thami Khemese. Their music is a fusion of the "dance rhythms of Kwela, the syncopated guitars of Mbaqanga, the saxophones and trumpets of swaying African jazz and the voices of people singing in joyous, easy harmony". The Soweto String Quartet is autonomous and independent and does not affiliate to any organisation or institution since its inception.


  4. Hector Pieterson
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    Hector Pieterson

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    Hector Pieterson (1963 – 16 June 1976) became the subject of an iconic image of the 1976 Soweto uprising in South Africa when a news photograph by Sam Nzima of the dying Hector being carried by another student while his sister ran next to them, was published around the world. He was killed at the age of 13 when the police opened fire on protesting students. For years, 16 June stood as a symbol of resistance to the brutality of the apartheid government. Today, it is designated National Youth Day — when South Africans honour young people and bring attention to their needs.




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