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Freshlyground 'Revolution/Redemption Song' (Live Acoustic)

Live acoustic performance from Freshlyground for the ONE Campaign's Agit8 protest music project.


Afro-pop activists Freshlyground are featured in the latest video presented by the ONE Campaign's agit8 project. The overcrowded, heavy-bassed, anything but chill space of a beloved Cape Town minibus is transformed into, well, quite the opposite: an on-the-go stage for acoustic covers and peaceloving dialogue. In between campfire takes on two of history's most weighty activist tunes ("Revolution" and "Redemption Song,") Freshlyground's angel-voiced Zolani Mahola and bassist Josh Hawks swap stories of protest music during apartheid, as well as in post-apartheid South Africa. Watch the jam session below and check out more live performances from the agit8 project featuring Spoek Mathambo x Krar Collective and the Brother Moves On. Learn more about ONE Campaign's agit8 project centered around protest songs — “an urgent call for action against extreme poverty… leading up to the G8 summit in Northern Ireland.”

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News of Kenneth David Kaunda's passing, at age 97, has reverberated across the globe. Kaunda, affectionately known as KK, was Zambia's first President from 1964 to 1991.

Following Nelson Mandela's passing in December 2013, Kenneth Kaunda became Africa's last standing hero. Now with his passing on Thursday, June 17 — after being admitted to the Maina Soko Military Hospital in Lusaka earlier in the week — this signals the end of Africa's liberation history chapter.

It is tempting to make saints out of the departed. The former Zambian struggle hero did many great things. He was, after all, one of the giants of the continent's struggle against colonialism. Ultimately however, he was a human being. And as with all humans, he lived a complicated and colourful life.

Here are six facts you might not have known about him.

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