South Africa and Beyond

May 2, 2004

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 of apartheid.

  1. Vusi Mahlasela on His Music

    South African singer/songwriter Vusi Mahlasela talks with Steve Paulson about his experiences singing political music during the time of Apartheid.

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  2. Etienne Van Heerden on Afrikaans Writing

    Etienne Van Heerdon 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.

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  3. Paul Theroux on "Dark Star Safari"

    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.”

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  4. Joseph Lekuton on Growing Up Maasai

    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.

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