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20 Powerful Images From South Africa's Student Protests in Cape Town

South Africa’s #FeesMustFall2016 protests through the lens of a first-year student at the University of Cape Town.

Students at universities throughout South Africa are protesting for the second year in a row over rising tuition fees and institutionalised colonialism. Last October, a proposed 10.5 fee increase sparked the nationwide #FeesMustFall movement, which culminated in President Jacob Zuma announcing there would be no fee increases for the 2016 academic year. What would happen to fees in the 2017 academic year was still anyone’s guess.


On Monday, just over 11 months since the initial onset of #FeesMustFall, South Africa’s Higher Education Minister, Blade Nzimande, set off a wave of shutdowns when he announced it will be up to the individual universities to decide if they’ll raise fees for the upcoming academic year, with a suggested cap of eight percent.

The announcement came with immediate pushback from student leaders at the universities of Witwatersrand, Pretoria, Cape Town and various other institutions throughout South Africa, where students have been protesting and going head-to-head with South African police all week.

In Cape Town, a new wave of demonstrations have been building for days. In the photo story below, we see the September 2016 protests at UCT through the lens of a first-year student by the name of Raz. The images begin on the 12th of September, when Robertson Winery workers, protesting for increased wages, joined students on campus. They pick up inside Jameson Hall this past Monday, the day of Nzimande’s #Fees2017 announcement, where we see students gather for a lecture on decolonisation by UCT Politics Professor Lwazi Lushaba. They culminate on Tuesday, the first day of the shutdown.

Photo by Raz.

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Hugh Masekela's New York City Legacy

A look back at the South African legend's time in New York City and his enduring presence in the Big Apple.

In Questlove's magnificent documentary, Summer of Soul, he captures a forgotten part of Black American music history. But in telling the tale of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, the longtime musician and first-time filmmaker also captures a part of lost South African music history too.

Among the line-up of blossoming all-stars who played the Harlem festival, from a 19-year-old Stevie Wonder to a transcendent Mavis Staples, was a young Hugh Masekela. 30 years old at the time, he was riding the wave of success that came from releasing Grazing in the Grass the year before. To watch Masekela in that moment on that stage is to see him at the height of his time in New York City — a firecracker musician who entertained his audiences as much as he educated them about the political situation in his home country of South Africa.

The legacy Masekela sowed in New York City during the 1960s remains in the walls of the venues where he played, and in the dust of those that are no longer standing. It's in the records he made in studios and jazz clubs, and on the Manhattan streets where he once posed with a giant stuffed zebra for an album cover. It's a legacy that still lives on in tangible form, too, in the Hugh Masekela Heritage Scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music.

The school is the place where Masekela received his education and met some of the people that would go on to be life-long bandmates and friends, from Larry Willis (who, as the story goes, Masekela convinced to give up opera for piano) to Morris Goldberg, Herbie Hancock and Stewart Levine, "his brother and musical compadre," as Mabusha Masekela, Bra Hugh's nephew says.

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