Bob Marley’s culturally powerful, spiritual and socially conscious music has continued to unite and inspire people from across the world. Marley’ songs of African unity, Pan-Africanism, struggle for survival, love, peace, and protest remain relevant and powerful. Here’s our selection of Tuff Gong’s most powerful songs loved across Africa.
Zimbabwean musician Oliver Mtukudzi, who died at the age of 66, on 23 January 2019, was buried on Sunday, 27th of January in Madziwa, his rural home. Hundreds of mourners from across Zimbabwe, and the continent attended the funeral, celebrating the life of a global icon whose music will certainly live on.
In Zimbabwe we say Wafa Wanaka. But this is a generic phrase normally used for one whose good works are hard to put together after he has gone. With Tuku, we say matipa matitorera. We were given and were later robbed.
Africa has lost a musical icon with the death of legendary Zimbabwean artist Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi. He was one of Africa’s top musicians. The continent mourns the death of an icon, and tributes continue to pour in. We at This Is Africa send our condolences to his family.
Thomas Mapfumo recently performed a series of concerts in his homeland, Zimbabwe. This is Africa spoke to the iconic musician and social commentator.
Deference for our elders is culturally ingrained in us as a sign of deep respect for those who are older or have status in our communities. This young African feminist questions whether this trait is harmful to the movements that women have built up over so many difficult years.
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, one of the most fearless Apartheid struggle leaders, was known for her militancy and speaking truth to power. She remained resolute in leading the resistance against the Apartheid regime, earning her the moniker, “Mother of the Nation” for her leading role in the political struggle. We look at some moments in her life in pictures.
March 8 is International Women’s Day, celebrated worldwide. This year, the day is commemorated under the theme “The Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives”. We celebrate women for just who they are, their achievements and their contributions to the world, whether big or small.
In partnership with the Heinrich Böll Foundation, This is Africa explores the changing meaning of icons and which African leaders qualify as icons.