Braving the apartheid brutality through music

Reading Time: < 1 minute

Internationally renowned singer Dorothy Masuka says singing during apartheid was an act of bravery.

Masuka was speaking at the New Town Junction in Johannesburg with Arts Journalist, writer and broadcaster Karabo Kgoleng in celebration of her 80th birthday.

She spoke briefly about her life in music during the apartheid era, saying that music was something that came from within during that time, and, like other singers such as Miriam Makeba, they did not plan what songs to write.

“Anything could have happened to us. Some of us did not choose to sing but singing chose us,” adds Masuka.

She says that their music motivated people to continue fighting against the brutal system adding that the “toyi toyi” (protests) were nothing without their songs.

– By Zusipe Batyi