Arts + Culture

Steve Biko Remembered in South African Art

Steve Biko art from 5 South Africans to remember the legacy of the Black Consciousness Movement leader.


"...in time we shall be in a position to bestow upon South Africa the greatest gift possible – a more human face.”

On September 12th, 1977 (36 years ago today) anti-apartheid agitator, writer and co-founder of the Black Consciousness Movement Stephen Bantu Biko died while in police custody. Today's outpouring of tributes across the world is further proof that Biko's legacy is very much alive. We looked at five instances of how the Black Consciousness Movement leader has been remembered by South African artists.

________________________________________________________________________________

Mural of Nelson Mandela, Steve Biko, Cisse Gool, Imam Haron (2010)

Artist: Faith47

Location: District Six, Cape Town

________________________________________________________________________________

Tribute to Steve Biko (1992)

Artist: Willie Bester

________________________________________________________________________________

Biko's Quest, dance production

Director: Mandla Mbothwe

________________________________________________________________________________

The Biko Statue

Artist: Naomi Jacobson

Location: City Hall, Oxford Street, East London

________________________________________________________________________________

It left him cold - the death of Steve Biko (1990)

Artist: Sam Nhlengethwa

________________________________________________________________________________

News Brief

The 10 Most Streamed South African Artists and Songs by Local Gen Z Audiences on Spotify

Mr JazziQ is the most streamed South African artist on Spotify by local youth between the ages of 13 and 17.

To celebrate the country's Youth Month, Spotify South Africa recently shared statistics that show young people's favourite artists, songs and genres.

According to the stats, amapiano producer Mr JazziQ is the most streamed South African artist on the platform by Gen Z users. He's followed by another amapiano sensation Busta 929, who is followed by rappers A-Reece and Nasty C respectively.

Reece and Nasty are the only hip-hop artists who appear on the list which is dominated by amapiano artists, while Elaine is the only R&B artist.

Mr JazziQ is a former member of the duo JazziDisciples alongside fellow producer Josiah De Disciple. JazziQ has been releasing music consistently and scoring hits since the two parted ways. His recent release is the project Party With The English. Busta 929, who follows Mr JazziQ on the list is a frequent collaborator of the producer.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

popular.

The 30th Pan African Film Festival Is Calling For Entries

African-centred films and African filmmakers are invited to submit their entries for the 2022 Pan African Film Festival (PAFF), which takes place annually in Los Angeles.