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The Past and Present of South African Jazz: Week Three

South Africa’s Exiles

In South Africa, the 1960s opened with one of its most horrifying moments: the Sharpeville Massacre, in which a demonstration against pass laws resulted in police opening fire on unarmed protesters, killing many. As the decade progressed, controls and restrictions on musicians tightened further, leading many artists to leave South Africa for Europe and America. Many would never see home again. Some of these Exile artists--including Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, and Abdullah Ibrahim--would rise to become the most prominent South African artists on the world stage and the most prominent ambassadors for the music and the struggle.

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