Lusaka, SA...Tracy Chapman echoes here
That song: Stuart Cryer of Sudbury recalls his days with the ANC
Don't you know,
They're talkin' 'bout a revolution;
Sounds like a whisper.
Poor people gonna rise up; and get their share.
Poor people gonna rise up; and take what's theirs
Tracy Chapman's song was my constant soundtrack in 1988. I was a community activist as well as a teacher of video at the local college. I was back in Sudbury, Ontario, but I was longing to return to Lusaka, Zambia. I had worked in Lusaka as the trainer for the Video Unit of the ANC (African National Congress) for 10 months in '86 and '87. Life with the ANC comrades in exile had been a challenging, but rewarding experience. The Canadian NGO, CUSO, negotiated my return.
Music was an integral part of life in Lusaka. Even though Paul Simon's Graceland album caused initial dismay in the ANC ranks, because tracks were recorded inside South Africa during the cultural boycott, Diamonds on the Souls of Her Shoes with Ladysmith Black Mambazo echoed throughout Lusaka and township Mbaqanga music was everywhere.
But I couldn't wait to share Tracy Chapman's anthem with the comrades in "Culture" when I landed back in Lusaka. And wouldn't you know it? They were already listening to it. Talkin''bout a Revolution, an anthem for our times. Tracy's message of hope will always remind me of our fight for freedom in Southern Africa, and of the faces of my closest comrades, who are all still active, back inside the "new" South Africa, trying to make it a better place.
Keep up the important reportage ... Stuart Cryer, Sudbury
Categories: Africa, The View from Here, Your Dispatches
|Radio One||Thursday 1 pm, 1:30 pm NT Sunday 7 pm, 8 pm AT and 8:30 pm NT|
|Sirius 137||Friday at Midnight & 9 am, Sunday at 10 pm|
- CBC IN MEXICO Migrants coming through Central American corridor wonder what's next as they dream of Canada
- With European borders tightening and increased anti-immigration anxiety in the United States, a rising number of migrants from as far away as Africa and Asia are turning to the Central American migrant corridor in the hopes of reaching a new promised land: Canada. CBC spoke with several of them this week in Mexico.
- Major discovery on planets 'beyond our solar system' coming from NASA
- NASA scientists will hold a news conference later this afternoon, when they say they'll reveal a significant finding "beyond our solar system."
- Republican members of Congress hear from angry constituents at town halls
- Republican Representative David Brat, who rode voter anger to a historic political upset nearly three years ago, was on the receiving end of constituent angst about the Trump administration as he held a town hall in Virginia.
- New Showdown looms for Dakota Access protesters
- Demonstrators near the site of the Dakota Access pipeline brace for a showdown with authorities, as protest leaders say at least some will defy a deadline to abandon the camp they have occupied for months to halt the project.
- Malaysia wants to question North Korea diplomat in murder probe of dictator's sibling
- Malaysian police named on Wednesday a senior official in the North Korean embassy and another linked to its state airline, wanted for questioning over the murder last week of Kim Jong-nam, the North Korean leader's estranged half-brother.