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Lebogang Rasethaba's Prisoner 46746: The Untold Legacy of Andrew Mlangeni

In addition to his forthcoming Future Sound of Mzansi documentary with the ever prolific Spoek Mathambo, South African director Lebogang Rasethaba has a new film project in the works centered around anti-apartheid activist and political prisoner Andrew Mlangeni. Titled Prisoner 46764: The Untold Legacy of Andrew Mlangeni, the upcoming doc offers an in-depth look at the life and work of Mlangeni, who was one of ten ANC leaders including Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu and Govan Mbeki charged with conspiring to form and train a guerrila unit of armed freedom fighters after the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre. Mlangeni was sentenced to life imprisonment during the Rivonia Trial and spent 26 years on Robben Island. Upon his release, Mlangeni continued his political work as a Member of Parliament after the general elections in 1994.  The 52-minute documentary features commentary from President Jacob Zuma and fellow Rivonia trialists Ahmed Kathrada and Denis Goldberg. Speaking on his vision for the film, Rasethaba told we-are-awesome:

"I like what the film strives to do, it’s asking bigger questions of history and society. We have such a single serving perspective on history, we put icons and heroes in place. And we can’t seem to look at history outside of these confines, so people get crippled by these icons and become apathetic towards ideas of social reform. The general attitude is, “it takes a Mandela, or Ghandi to change history”. But I’m more interested in the people history chooses to ignore. I think we’ll find there were a lot more people who did big things that affect us today. If people watch this film and think, “ what else or who else have I overlooked?” I’ll be happy"

H/T we-are-awesome

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MFE Pays Tribute to PRO on The Second Anniversary of The South African Hip-Hop Legend’s Passing

Artists signed to PRO's label MFE commemorate him in new tribute song 'MAWE: VITA24' on the second anniversary of the South African hip-hop pioneer's passing.

One aspect of PRO(Kid)'s legacy that rarely gets mentioned is his label. As head of Money First Entertainment, the label he founded, PRO played roles in the trajectories and craft of artists such as Red Button, Captian_fs, sFs 5 Star and TeePee among others. The former three were official members of MFE with Red Button, PRO's protégé, being the first artist to be signed to the label.

PRO who passed away exactly two years ago today gets a tribute from his label's roster. "MAWE: VITA24" is a remix of an sFs 5 Star song titled "Mawe" that the artist released in February.

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