Saturday, 21 March 2015

55th anniversary of Sharpeville Massacre

(Massacre occurs 21 March 1960, Sharpeville, South Africa)
Three hundred and eight years into the conquest and occupation of South Africa by a constellation of European World powers, the occupation police opens fire on a freedom march of 5000-10000 Africans in Sharpeville, murdering 69 marchers (children, women, men) and wounding nearly 200 others – a turning point in the African resistance which is consequently revamped, expanded, and intensified until liberation 34 years later

(Chris McGregor and Brotherhood of Breadth, “Davashe’s dream” [personnel: McGregor, piano, African xylophone; Mongezi Feza, pocket trumpet; Harry Beckett, trumpet; Mark Chaig, cornet; Nick Evans, trombone; Malcolm Griffiths, trombone; Dudu Pukwana, alto saxophone; Mike Osborne, alto saxophone, clarinet; John Surman, baritone saxophone, soprano saxophone; Ronnie Beer, tenor saxophone, Indian flute; Alan Skidmore, tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone; Harry Miller, bass; Louis Moholo, drums, percussion; recorded: UK Neon Label, London, 1971]) (alto saxophone and trumpet solos: Dudu Pukwana and Mongezi Feza respectively) 
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