Into the dark days of censorship and apartheid swept Shifty Records, recording South African bands making music about life in a brutal country. It was the 1980s and the birth of a new local music scene. View iconic images of South Africa's underground anti-apartheid music scene.<
Billie Zangewa's silk tapestries mirror the world of the contemporary urban African woman. A sometime soul singer and lauded textiles artist, she describes her evocative works as visually sensual and self-exploratory.
In a time of political turmoil and severe cultural repression, Shifty Records produced indie South African bands promoting free thought, and challenging apartheid. The record company, initially operating out of a caravan, grew to record some of the country's most important South African music.
The memory of poet Ingrid Jonker lives on in South Africa. She inspired Nelson Mandela to quote her poem in his inauguration speech and she posthumously received the Order of Ikhamanga for her contribution to literature and commitment to the struggle for human rights. Her work is loved around the world.
After world-famous South African reggae artist Lucky Dube was gunned down in 2007, local musicians Danny K and Kebelo Mabelane decided to release a collaborative single to help fund crime-fighting projects in the country. The song they chose was "Shout", the 1980s hit by Tears for Fears, and the Shout South Africa foundation was born.
Tough-talking, no-nonsense and hard-nosed, shebeen queens used their traditional beer brewing skills to send their children to school and pay their bills. In doing so, they defied the apartheid government's ban on black South Africans brewing, and became iconic figures in South African history and art.