South Africa

The Unforgettable Poor

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Prashad with Abahali baseMjondolo (People of the Shacks) movement in Durban

 

 

Dear Friends,


In 1969, the Honduran poet Roberto Sosa published a book called Los Pobres. The title poem is haunting. It opens,

The poor are many
and so—
impossible to forget.

The poor are also impossible to forget because they lead their struggles for emancipation from the injustice of our social order.

Last week, I spent a little time with Abahali baseMjondolo (People of the Shacks) movement based in Durban (South Africa). They gave me a full sense of their philosophy of 'living politics'. It allowed me to better understand their movement, which I had read about thanks to the work of

South African Metalworkers Mourn the Death of South Africa's Radical Trumpeter, Hugh Masekela - Bra Hugh
When he was 16 - Masekela
Vijay Prashad Tue, 01/23/2018 - 12:27

 

[The picture above was taken by Alf Khumalo, one of South Africa's most important photo journalists, of a 16 year old Masekala after he received a trumpet from Louis Armstrong. Below, Masekala and Miriam Makeba with Soweto Blues with a commentary from Makeba]

 

 

23 January 2018

NUMSA mourns the passing on of Bra Hugh Masekela

The leadership of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) and all its members and the working class in general, mourn the departure of Bra Hugh Masekela.

Our sincere and deepest condolences to his family, friends and indeed the music lovin