News Brief

Earliest Known Nelson Mandela Footage Unearthed: A Young Madiba Speaks on ‘White Supremacy’

"From the very beginning, the African National Congress set itself the task of fighting against white supremacy."

"From the very beginning, the African National Congress set itself the task of fighting against white supremacy."


A young, bearded Nelson Mandela, dressed in sartorial attire of the era, utters those words in never-before-seen footage uncovered by researchers believed to be his earliest television interview, the BBC reports.

According to the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the 24-second clip dates back to May 1961 filmed by British broadcaster ITN as part of a Dutch television program on South Africa's racist apartheid policies that still rear their ugly head (no pun) as we’ve seen with the protests led by students, alleging discrimination for wearing their natural hair, at Pretoria High School for Girls and Lawson Brown High School this week.

The anti-apartheid activist, who would become president three decades later in South Africa’s first multiracial election after spending a 27-year stint in prison for sabotage and treason, continues in the grainy black and white footage:

We have always regarded as wrong for one racial group to dominate another racial group. And from the very beginning the African National Congress has fought, without hesitation, against all forms of racial discrimination and we shall continue to do so until freedom is achieved.

Mandela’s words, touching on white supremacy, offers perspective that the global struggle for equality and justice for black people has been long and hard-won.

Watch the rare footage below:

Music

11 Rwandan Artists You Should Be Listening To

Musicians like Bushali, Kivumbi King, Rita Ange Kagaju, and Alyn Sano have been putting their mark on the ever-changing Rwandan soundscape.

The current landscape of modern Rwandan music is more dynamic than ever before, from updated versions of traditional folk sounds to the recent 'KinyaTrap' phenomenon that has permeated playlists across the country. For decades, Rwandan airwaves have been dominated by international hits — and by a handful of established Rwandan superstars — but now, as the country continues to develop and diversify, so does its musical setting, with new and different sounds ascending from the hills. The past five years have seen the emergence of an army of young artists eager to reclaim their languages (Rwanda has four official languages) and identity, interlacing their music with influences that stretch far and wide.

Here are 11 artists that have emerged in the past five years to put their mark on the ever-changing Rwandan soundscape.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

popular.

Watch YoungstaCPT's New Music Video for 'Kleurling'

YoungstaCPT explores, with great profundity, the complexity of Coloured identity and culture in his latest music video for 'Kleurling'.