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Thabang Tabane’s Latest Music Video Unscrambles the Order of Apartheid Era Films to Tell a New Story

Watch Thabang Tabane's latest music video for "Nyanda Yeni."

South African Malombo percussionist, Thabang Tabane's latest single, "Nyanda Yeni," features Sibusile Xaba on guitar, Dennis Moanganei Magagula on percussion and Thulani Ntuli on bass guitar. The song plays out like a loop of all these musical elements.


Its video, which is directed and edited by StraitJacket Tailor, compliments this looping. Footage from Apartheid era South African movies and TV shows, are chopped, screwed and unscrambled into an order that give them a new meaning. Some of the footage moves back and forth, just like the music it's playing along to.

Most of these movies, from the 1950s, portrayed black people as coons who were ignorant and only good for entertaining and serving white people. The video is a montage of clips from that era, but playing in a different order to tell a new story, which is open to your own interpretation.

Thabang's father, the legendary Dr. Philip Tabane, who died in May of this year, makes a posthumous appearance in the video. There are some clips of performances incorporated into it.

"Nyanda Yeni" is the first single to Tabane's upcoming debut album titled Matjale, releasing September 14 on the indie label Mushroom Hour Half Hour.

Watch the music video for "Nyanda Yeni" below and stream the single underneath.




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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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