Monday, March 17, 2014
Gugulethu, a township on the outskirts of Cape Town, is an apartheid-era invention, established in the early 1960s to absorb the overflow of migration to the city from other parts of the country. Now it contains almost 100,000 residents, almost all of them black. Justine van der Leun spent more than two years in Gugulethu, and she gives us a vivid portrait of daily life there, as well as a window into the politics and vulnerabilities of South Africa. Van der Leun is a Harper’s magazine contributor, and her article “A Portrait of a Township” is in the March issue.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
By Brian Wise
Less than two months after Nelson Mandela died, Carnegie Hall said on Wednesday that it will stage a 27-day "Music and Arts of South Africa" festival this autumn.
Monday, December 16, 2013
South Africa has seen explosive growth for both its economy and political life since Nelson Mandela's release from prison and the end of apartheid -- but there's continued (and worsening) inequality between black and white South Africans. Marcus Mabry, The New York Times editor at large and former Newsweek Johannesburg correspondent, looks at South Africa without Mandela, and the role of the so-called "born free" generation.
Friday, December 06, 2013
“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead,” Nelson Mandela once said.
Today, the world mourns the loss of the great Nelson Mandela, ...
Thursday, December 05, 2013
Former South African President Nelson Mandela, the revered leader who emerged from prison after 27 years to lead the nation out of decades of apartheid, has died at the age of 95. Mandela, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate who was elected South Africa's first black president in 1994, was known across the globe for his message of reconciliation, understanding and forgiveness. Help us remember Nelson Mandela by answering this: What one word best sums up Mandela? And why? Share your comment, tweet us or post on Facebook. You can also give us a call at 1-877-869-8253.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
South African fingerstyle guitarist Guy Buttery joins John Schaefer in the studio to perform a live acoustic set without effects. His exceptional world music for solo guitar evokes the rhythms of his native land unconsciously, while drawing on influences like Leo Kottke and Michael Hedges. Listen to a bit of guitar as percussion instrument in one of his pieces, “Sleep Deprivation.” Then, hear another of Buttery’s insanely inventive techniques on a tune where he plays the guitar like a zither, as an extension of tapping, to achieve slap harmonics.
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Today, Nelson Mandela’s birthday, is also known as “Mandela Day.” It's a day when people are encouraged to volunteer 67 minutes of their time - that's one minute for each year that Mandela served others in South Africa, while in prison and in politics. Sharing what Mandela Day means at home in South Africa, and abroad, are Anders Kelto, reporter for PRI's The World, and Ntshepeng Motema, a South African living in New York.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Juror B37 from the Zimmerman trial went public with her experience, and Emily Bazelon from Slate joins us to discuss what the juror revealed about the trial. Then: Public Advocate and one of the democratic nominees for mayor of New York Bill de Blasio. Plus: Nelson Mandela’s life, legacy and South Africa today on the day before his 95th birthday with Ebrahim Rasool, South African ambassador to the U.S. and Nicole Lee, president of TransAfrica; and an hour of open phones, including interfaith calls on fasting in honor of Ramadan as part of this week’s Five Pillars of Islam series.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Monday, July 01, 2013
Before John left for Africa, he sat down to reflect on the sentiments of South Africans as they prepare for the passing of one of history's greatest leaders and peace activists. Denis Goldberg was a co-defendant with Nelson Mandela at the Rivonia trial in the Pretoria Supreme Court in 1963.
Friday, June 28, 2013
President Obama heads to Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania this week for a trip that will focus on trade and investment relations. But not everyone in these countries is excited about his trip. Lerato Mbele is a South African journalist and co-host of BBC's Newsday. She reports from Johannesburg on President Obama's mixed reception and how it compares to the "Obamania" of 5 years ago.
Thursday, June 27, 2013
South Africans around the country are praying for Nelson Mandela's health. Though Johannesburg has become a place for prayer and reflection, it's also as a press hub for scores of international journalists. And the media stir over Mandela's health is causing some angst in the country. Declan Walsh, reporter for our partner The New York Times is in Johannesburg, reporting on the mood there in what could be Nelson Mandela's final days.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Maybe the guitar wasn’t originally an African instrument, but it certainly has become one. For this New Sounds, take a listen to music from the late Cameroonian guitarist Francis Bebey, along with music from Gabonese guitarist singer and musician Pierre Akendengué. There’s also guitar music from South Africa's Derek Gripper - who does arrangements of music from other parts of Africa, especially Mali. Plus, music from fellow South African Guy Buttery, in addition to selections from classical guitarist John Williams, and his versions of pieces of African works for guitar from the “Magic Box” record.
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Dr. Mamphela Ramphele, co-founder of South Africa’s Black Consciousness Movement with Steve Biko and founder of the first rural primary care clinic while banished by the Apartheid regime, eventually became the first black woman Vice Chancellor of a South African University, Managing Director of the World Bank, and successful businesswoman. She discusses the increasing anguish in South Africa over the failure of the ANC as a governing party to deliver on the promises of the liberation movement. Dr. Ramphele has announced her intentions to contest the next elections, portending a major realignment of South African politics. She's the author of Conversations with My Sons and Daughters.
Friday, February 22, 2013
In South Africa, the drama surrounding Oscar Pistorius — the first runner with prosthetic legs to compete alongside able-bodied sprinters in the Olympics — continues. Here's why his case could provide the impetus to finally reform the country's relationship with domestic violence.
Friday, February 15, 2013
Oscar Pistorius, the South African running star and double amputee, has been charged with the premeditated murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
In a shocking crime story for an Olympic legend, double amputee South African runner Oscar Pistorious, who became the first such runner to compete in the Olympics, has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend, 30-year-old model Reeva Steenkamp. Lydia Polgreen is the Johannesburg bureau chief for our partner, The New York Times.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Few Americans have ever heard of Rodriguez, a protest rock musician who, after making two albums in the early '70s, quit the music business. Rodriguez returned to his native Detroit and began working in construction. His music played on for decades, just not in the United States.