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Making Music, Celebrating Mandela: The Soweto Gospel Choir Takes Its Message To The World

Michael Levin | Posted 11.12.2016 | Entertainment
Michael Levin

It took the Soweto Gospel Choir only a matter of months from its founding in November, 2002 to reach the top of the music world. The group's first album, "Voices Of Heaven," reached number one on Billboard's World Music Chart within three weeks of its U.S. release.

Sugar Man's Medicine for Salty Wounds: The Oscar Goes to a Cultural Healer

Barbara Nussbaum | Posted 05.01.2013 | Entertainment
Barbara Nussbaum

Searching for Sugar Man won the Academy Award for best documentary. In South Africa there is significant debate about whether or not the documentary overstates the role of Sixto Rodriguez in liberating the minds of South Africans. What truths did he help to surface?

The Parlotones: South African Rock Hits the US

Kip Patrick | Posted 01.17.2013 | Entertainment
Kip Patrick

South Africa is known for sought-after products such as diamonds, gold and vintage wines. If members of the multiplatinum-selling band The Parlotones have anything to do with it, music fans in the U.S. soon will be adding rock 'n' roll to the list of popular South African exports.

BLK JKS: International Music-Makers On The Rise (VIDEO)

Modiba | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Buzz-worthy afro-rock band, BLK JKS, are too big for one continent to hold. With an uber-hip look that seems just as essential as the music, the Johannesburg-based band is making waves worldwide.