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WXPN's live performance and interview program featuring music and conversation from a variety of important musicians

After revealing he has been suffering from pancreatic cancer, Johnny Clegg decided to do a final world tour this Fall, but we were lucky enough to get an interview and performance with him at home in Johannesburg as a part of the Sense of Place: South Africa series. Clegg came of age during the Apartheid era in South Africa, and his love of Zulu culture repeatedly got him into trouble, but also made him a trailblazer. At the age of 15 the police were bringing him home to his mother with warnings for sneaking into the areas where itinerant Zulu ...

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Born in 1959 in the township of Langa, Cape Town, saxophonist McCoy Mrubata was among the contingent of jazz musicians who stayed in South Africa throughout the Apartheid period while many others fled. He left school after the 1976 student uprisings to devote himself to music, toured alongside Hugh Masekela ...
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