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Blog Archive

Thu, 14.10.2021

Frederick Douglass Kirkpatrick, Activist, and Musician born

*The birth of Frederick Douglass Kirkpatrick is celebrated on this date in 1933.  He was a Black Folk musician, activist, and minister. Named after the abolitionist Frederick Douglass, Kirkpatrick was born in Haynesville, northern Louisiana. His father John L. Kirkpatrick was a minister and his mother died young. He had four sisters and a brother who […]

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Sat, 09.10.2021

J. R. Winters, Lyricist, and Inventor born

*J. R. Winters was born on this date in 1824. He was a Black lyricist, abolitionist, and inventor Joseph Richard Winters was born in Leesburg, Virginia to an African brickmaker and a Shawnee Indian mother, who was the daughter of an herbalist and medical practitioner referred to as the “Indian doctor woman.” The family relocated […]

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Fri, 01.10.2021

Carla Thomas, Singer born

*Carla Thomas was born on this date in 1942. She is a Black singer. Carla Venita Thomas was born and raised in the Foote Homes Projects in Memphis, Tennessee, United States. Along with her siblings, Marvell and Vaneese, she was one of three musical children of Rufus and Lorene Thomas. Her family lived near the Palace Theater […]

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Thu, 23.09.2021

Andy Palacio, Musician born

*Andy Palacio was born on this date in 1960. He was a Black Belizean Punta musician, teacher, and government official. He was also a leading activist for the Garifuna people and their culture. Andy Vivian Palacio was born and raised in the coastal village of Barranco. He worked briefly as a high school social studies […]

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Mon, 13.09.2021

Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika” (‘Lord Bless Africa’) is Composed

*”Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika” (‘Lord Bless Africa’) is celebrated on this date in 1897. This song became a pan-African liberation song and versions of it were later adopted as the national anthems of five countries in Africa including Zambia, Tanzania, Namibia, and Zimbabwe after independence, and South Africa after the end of apartheid. This is a […]

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Mon, 13.09.2021

Enoch Sontonga, Lyricist born

*The birth of Enoch Sontonga is celebrated on this date in, c. 1873. He was a Black South African composer, and minister. Enoch Mankayi Sontonga, a Xhosa, was born in the city of Uitenhage in the Eastern Cape Colony. He trained as a teacher at the Lovedale Institution and subsequently worked as a teacher and choirmaster […]

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Mon, 13.09.2021

Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Singing Group Formed

*On this date in 1960, we celebrate Ladysmith Black Mambazo. They are a Black South African male choral group singing in the local vocal styles of isicathamiya and mbube being the traditional music of the Zulu people. Formed by Joseph Shabalala, Ladysmith Black Mambazo became one of South Africa’s most prolific recording artists, with their releases receiving gold and platinum disc […]

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Sun, 12.09.2021

Dolly Rathebe, South African Entertainer, and Columnist born

*Dolly Rathebe was born on this date in 1928. She was a Black South African musician, columnist, and actress. Dolly Rathebe was born in Randfontein, South Africa but grew up in Sophiatown, which she describes as having been “a wonderful place”. She was discovered around 1948 after singing at a picnic in Johannesburg. A talent […]

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Fri, 10.09.2021

Kippie Moeketsi, South African Musician born

*”Kippie” Moeketsi was born on this date in 1925. He was a South African jazz musician, notable as an alto saxophonist. Born into a musical Johannesburg family, Jeremiah Morolong Moeketsi was the youngest of 11 brothers, and one sister who was a nurse, all but four of whom played an instrument. Growing up in George […]

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Fri, 10.09.2021

The Jazz Epistles Group, a story

*The Jazz Epistles is celebrated on this date in 1959. They were South Africa’s first significant (albeit short-lived) bebop band. Inspired by Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, its members included Dollar Brand (later known as Abdullah Ibrahim) on piano, Kippie Moeketsi on alto saxophone, Jonas Gwangwa on trombone, Hugh Masekela on trumpet, Johnny Gertze on bass, and Early Mabuza or […]

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New Poem Each Day

Poetry Corner

She does not know Her beauty, She thinks her brown body Has no glory. If she could dance Naked, Under palm trees And see her image in the river She would know. But there are no palm trees On... NO IMAGES by Waring Cuney.
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