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Abdullah Ibrahim

Abdullah Ibrahim  

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1934–;Prominent South African jazz pianist.Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Adolphus Brand (also known as Dollar Brand and Adolphus Johannes Brand) began studying piano as a young child. As ...
Afrikaner

Afrikaner  

A term originally used to describe a person born in South Africa rather than Europe; in the twentieth century it was used to denote a White person whose first language was Afrikaans. Afrikaners ...
Athol Fugard

Athol Fugard  

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1932– )South Africa's leading dramatist, who was inspired by the resilience of the oppressed during the apartheid years.Born in the semi-desert Karroo region of Cape Province, Fugard grew up in Port ...
Cape Town

Cape Town  

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Theatre in this South African city begins conventionally with French comedy performed in the Barracks Theatre by officers lodged with the Dutch in the 1780s, rather than the religious ceremonies ...
Christianity in Africa

Christianity in Africa  

There has been a Christian presence on the African continent for nearly as long as people have considered themselves followers of Jesus Christ. Missionaries and traders have been credited for ...
civic festivals

civic festivals  

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Performances that represent a particular place (usually a city), often a particular date (the annual City Dionysia in Athens, Independence Day in the United States, or the 750th anniversary of ...
Clements Kadalie

Clements Kadalie  

1896–1951 South African trade union leader of the 1920s.Born in Nyasaland (in what is now Malawi), Clements Kadalie emigrated to Cape Town, South Africa, where he became the most ...
Credo Mtwa

Credo Mtwa  

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(c.1925– )Zulu traditional healer and storyteller. Born in southern Natal, as a child he lived with his grandfather, a high priest, and later with his Catholic father, moving to Potchefstroom ...
Desmond Tutu

Desmond Tutu  

(1931– )South African clergyman. He served as General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches (1979–84), becoming a leading voice in the struggle against apartheid, calling for economic ...
environmental Movements

environmental Movements  

A political movement that focuses on protecting the environment, reducing environmental damage (such as pollution), and reducing unsustainable use of natural resources. See also environmentalism.
Ethnicity and Identity in Africa: An Interpretation

Ethnicity and Identity in Africa: An Interpretation  

What is ethnicity in Africa? One thing is certain: it is very often misunderstood. Many people, including many contemporary Africans, suppose that in the precolonial period, all Africans lived in ...
Freedom Charter

Freedom Charter  

Document written in 1955 by the African National Congress (ANC) and other antiapartheid groups to express their goals for a free South Africa.After South Africa’s National Party won its ...
Gauteng

Gauteng  

Province in northeastern South Africa, bounded by Free State Province on the south, Mpumalanga Province on the east, Northern Province on the north, and North-West Province on the west.Created ...
Gcina Mhlope

Gcina Mhlope  

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(1958– )South African writer, director, and actress. Her first play, Have You Seen Zandile? (1985), was collaboratively written, and she also collaborated with Barney Simon on Born in the RSA ...
Gold Trade

Gold Trade  

Production, trade, and use of gold in Africa from precolonial times to the present.Gold was an important commodity in precolonial Africa. African rulers valued it as a prestige item ...
Haile Mariam Mengistu

Haile Mariam Mengistu  

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(1937– )Ethiopian soldier and politician; President of Ethiopia (1987–91). An army officer, Mengistu first came to prominence in 1974, when the army staged a successful coup against the regime of ...
Hastings Kamuzu Banda

Hastings Kamuzu Banda  

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(b. 14 May 1906, d. 25 Nov. 1997).President of Malawi 1966–94 A medical doctor born in Kasungu, he co‐founded and led the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) in opposition to White rule in the Central ...
Helen Suzman

Helen Suzman  

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1917–2009 South African politician and outspoken opponent of apartheid.Born Helen Gavronsky in Germiston, in what is now Gauteng province, northeastern South Africa, of Jewish immigrant parents, ...
Herbert I. E. Dhlomo

Herbert I. E. Dhlomo  

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(1903–56)South African journalist, playwright, and poet. In 1937 he became the first African librarian at the Carnegie Bantu library in Johannesburg. After a series of disagreements with his ...
Hugh Masekela

Hugh Masekela  

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B. Hugh Rampolo Masekela, 4 April 1939, Witbank, Johannesburg, South Africa. South Africa’s leading émigré trumpeter and band leader was born into a musical family, which boasted one of the ...

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