Africa and Beyond
To The Best of Our Knowledge
from Wisconsin Public Radio
Ten years ago, South African singer and activist Vusi
Mahalesela had the thrill of his life. He sang at Nelson Mandela's
inauguration. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge,
the music and politics of South Africa - ten years after the end
South African singer/songwriter Vusi Mahlasela
talks with Steve Paulson about his experiences singing political
music during the time of Apartheid, and remembers the glorious
day of Nelson Mandela's Inauguration as President. And we hear
lots of Mahlasela's music. His new album is "The Voice."
Also, Etienne Van Heerdon is one of South Africa's leading
Afrikaans writers. He tells Steve Paulson that many of his fellow
writers are obsessed with his country's history and that they
could always say things in fiction that they could never get away
with in journalism. And he reminds Steve that there have always
been Black speakers of Afrikaans and he was not wiling to cede
his language to the racists. Van Heerdon's latest novel is "The
Long Silence of Mario Salviati."
Paul Theroux lived and taught in Africa throughout
much of the 1960s. He returned recently and describes the journey
in his book "Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape
Town." Theroux reads from the book and tells Jim Fleming
that although Africa is corrupt and decrepit, he was happy there.
He says foreign aid as currently practiced doesn't work and we
should try something else.
Joseph Lekuton was born in Kenya to a tribe
of Maasai nomads. Later, he came to America and eventually got
a master's in educational policy from Harvard. He tells Anne Strainchamps
about walking vast distances and killing lions with a spear when
he was growing up in Africa, and why he still goes back to visit
his family in Kenya every summer and herd cattle. His book is
"Facing the Lion: Growing Up Maasai on the African Savanna."
Cassette copies are available
at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 04-05-02-A.
- Joseph Lemasolai-Lekuton
& Herman Viola, Facing the Lion: Growing Up Maasai
on the African Savanna (National Geographic)
- Paul Theroux, Dark Star Safari: Overland
from Cairo to Cape Town (Mariner Books)
- Etienne Van Heerden, The Long Silence
of Mario Salviati: a novel (Harper Collins)
- Vusi Mahlasela:
-"When You Come Back"
-"A Prayer For Our Time"
all on "The Voice" CD
- Vusia Mahlasela's "Mayibuye"
on "Amandla" soundtrack
- After Van Heerdon:
Bona with "Poeira"
on "Kaxexe" CD
Times Square Records
- After Theroux:
Oumou Sangare with "Diaraby Nene"
on "Oumou" CD
- After Lekuton:
Oliver Mtukdzi with "Ndima Ndapedza"
on "Putamayo Presents Africa"
Putamayo World Music
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