Personal Perspectives #3 | Johnny Clegg

UbuntuFM | Johnny Clegg | Personal Perspectives #3

#Interviews #People #Africa #SouthAfrica #Zimbabwe Johnny Clegg

A personal perspective on Johnny Clegg, South-African musical icon and anti-apartheid activist.We had a sit down with Paolo Genovesi, global citizen, self-declared pro-Apartheid supporter, turned pan-Africanist.

Welcome to UbuntuFM, Paolo, and thank you for the opportunity to sit down with us. Every story has a beginning. Where did yours start? 

I have been always fascinated by travel and foreign cultures. Africa, in particular, has been so important in my life because of my granny who lived in Zimbabwe, then called Rhodesia. So I grew up with Africa and travel with Africa on my mind. 

By sheer luck

Suthukazi Arosi | Black and White


#Footage #World #Video #SouthAfrica #AfroJazz Suthukazi Arosi

Youtube video by Suthukazi Arosi BLACK AND WHITE is a song about us - human beings with all the hatred that has turned against all humanity for centuries. Civilised as we are but still dwelling on racism.

'Black and White' is a track from the album "Naked" available on iTunes and our web store

Africa’s unique opportunity for post-pandemic rejuvenation

UbuntuFM | Africa’s unique opportunity for post-pandemic rejuvenation by Mamphela Ramphele

#Feedback #Society #Africa #SouthAfrica

By Dr. Mamphela RampheleIt has taken a tiny organism, SARS-CoV-2, to get even the most conservative traditionalists to accept that state institutions are essential to mobilizing national resources to protect and promote the common good. The fragilities of neoliberal economics have been laid bare.

Institutional capacity in public health care systems, law enforcement, and regulatory agencies, as well as the capacity of the state to commandeer production of essential goods and services, have become decisive interventions in this pandemic. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, whose conservative government had for years underfunded the public sector, confirmed this unequivocally when he

Woman to Woman | Winnie Madikizela Mandela

UbuntuFM | Winnie Mandela | Woman to Woman | Suthukazi Arosi

#Feedback #People #SouthAfrica Winnie Mandela

Thoughts on Winnie Mandela by Suthukazi Arosi Winnie Nomzamo Zanyiwe Madikizela Mandela. Through the window we all looked and have decided without knowing the exact truth.

Destiny finds me in my beloved, my soul mate, my husband the father of my children in flesh. Yes, we were separated but in spirit we are one and united at last, when all was decided by mankind to break our ties. Through the window they controlled my destiny.

I never give up as I know my destiny. I strongly believed in my fearlessness and the power of my words. I am Winnie Madikizela Mandela. I

Hugh Masekela | Stimela (Coal Train)

Hugh Masekela | Stimela (Coal Train)

#Reviews #Jazz #SouthAfrica Hugh Masekela

A song of hope against a backdrop of social injusticeHugh Masekela - who passed on Jan 23, 2018 - is an integral part of South African modern history, being part of the resistance against 'apartheid' oppression, the social issues he addressed in his music as well as being a larger-than-life figure.

'Stimela' was first released in 1974 on the album "I am not afraid" while Bra Hugh was still in exile following the political unrest surrounding the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre. Masekela studied at London's Guildhall School, then later on at the Manhattan School of Music. In New York he befriended Harry Belafonte, who helped him to settle in the United States as a student.

The song was also


UbuntuFM | Suthukazi Arosi | “Naked” | #SouthAfrica #Jazz #Soul #R&B

#Releases #Jazz #Soul #RnB #SouthAfrica Suthukazi Arosi

ALBUM RELEASE | Suthukazi Arosi | “Naked” | #SouthAfrica #Jazz #Soul #R&B“Naked” features 10 brand new tracks recorded over a period of twelve years, 2 remixes and 3 interludes. The interludes introduce the listener to some of the traditional and tribal sounds of South Africa. Each with a specific purpose and theme. 

Ray Phiri: The Highland Drifter

UbuntuFM | Ray Phiri, the legendary South-African Jazz musician and founder of Stimela.

#Feedback #Artists #SouthAfrica #Music Ray Phri Stimela

Ray Phiri (1947-2017)Commemorative article by King Vusi Mavuthela on Ray Phiri (1947-2017) who passed on July 12, 2017. 

Raymond Chikapa Enock Phiri (March 23, 1947 – July 12, 2017) was a South African Jazz, Fusion and Mbaqanga musician born in Mpumalanga to a Malawian immigrant worker and a South African guitarist nicknamed "Just Now" Phiri. 


Ray Phiri collaborated with Paul Simon and Ladysmith Black Mambazo on Simon's Graceland album project in 1985. Before this collaboration Phiri already had had a

Harari Magic

UbuntuFM | The Harari Story | The Beaters

#Feedback #Artists #AfricanHeritage #SouthAfrica Harari

The story of South Africa’s all-time favourite band ‘Harari’The significance of Harari as one of the most important bands from the late 60's to the early 80's and its influence on popular music in Southern Africa cannot be overstressed.

Early period: The formation of the band as ‘The Beaters’

The story of South Africa’s all-time favourite band began on April 18, 1968 at Orlando West High School, Soweto under the stewardship of the highly respected principal Dr. Matseke who has since departed. May his soul rest in peace.  Four high school friends came together to form a school band so that they could perform at a local

The value and merits of 'junk'

UbuntuFM | South Africa's President Zuma facing his country's 'junk' credit status.

#Feedback #Society #SouthAfrica #Economy

Should we believe the hype or take issue with it?Credit rating agency Standard and Poor's (S&P) has downgraded South Africa's rating to 'junk' status, as the country's currency continued to slide following a major cabinet reshuffle. Let's discuss the value and merits of being labeled 'junk'.

On April 3, 2017 credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s downgraded South Africa's credit grade to 'junk' status, much like it did to Russia in January of 2017 and similar to its downgrade of the EU's credit status in 2016, after the 'Brexit' vote. 

The 'junk' credit rate implies that South Africa’s government, banks and businesses are as of now practically incapable of borrowing money on the