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Dana's video to honour Biko

By unknown | Sep 09, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Patience Bambalele

Patience Bambalele

In remembrance of Steve Biko's death, Afro-jazz singer Simphiwe Dana will on Friday release a new video for her much loved song Bantu Biko Street.

The song depicts her thoughts and feelings which were inspired by Biko, "whose gospel was self-love". The track is in the album One Love Movement on Bantu Biko Street that was released two years ago.

Biko died on September 12 in 1977, and on Friday it will be the 31st anniversary of his death in detention.

Dana told Sowetan that the video release would coincide with the death of the father of the black consciousness movement.

She believes if Africans subscribed to Biko's ideals of self-love, the continent would be a different place.

"I thought it would be a great idea to shoot a video of the song to honour Biko. The video is about dreams and aspirations. It is an encouragement to people that they can change their lives for the better."

Dana said the song Bantu Biko Street was inspired by Biko's philosophy. "His book helped me through the long journey of self-discovery. When I revisited his literature my spirit and pride of being who I am was revived."

Biko's philosophy was that political freedom would only be achieved if blacks stopped feeling inferior to whites.


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