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Dana justly sings Biko's praise

By unknown | Nov 23, 2006 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

One Love Moment on Bantu Biko Street, Simphiwe Dana's timely release, is a masterpiece.

One Love Moment on Bantu Biko Street, Simphiwe Dana's timely release, is a masterpiece.

Apart from her musical genius, she comes across as a deeply conscious woman. Dana does justice to Biko and black consciousness in not only giving the martyr prominence, but in reasserting his message and ideas with great passion and conviction.

Her Zandisile album has revealed her revolutionary soul. She is clearly not just an artist who gets on to the bandwagon of reciting the names of our heroes as a matter of convenience and for commercial exploitation. The album is musical, socioeconomic and political commentary.

Dana's contribution is valuable in relation to cultural, political and ideological content. The album has great timing because this year marked the 30th and 50th anniversaries of June 16 and the Women's March.

The fact that Dana is both young and a woman is particularly significant. Her political consciousness and the content of her work would have made Biko proud to be associated with the project.

Dana's intervention is significant because it redirects us to selflessness and true humanity.

The album emerges against a backdrop of collective amnesia that has seen us forget people like Biko and all that they stood for. It is evident that our struggle heroes are being pushed to the margins of history by narrow political interests.

We wish Dana the fitting recognition and acknowledgement that she rightly deserves.

Mpumelelo Toyise, Johannesburg


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