The sound of Cape Town
Never has a single tune had so huge an influence on the people of Cape Town...
"Dmitri Jegels, a Good Hope Radio DJ, recalled: 'He [Basil Coetzee] was an inspiration to me and I can describe him as somebody who played music from the people for the people. I was particularly impressed by his strength to keep on fighting though things that were not that good in the country. I was impressed by his character. He influenced us very much and Mannenberg Jazz Café (now defunct) would not have been there without him.'"
- "Coetzee, anthem of the revolution", Cape Times, March 13, 1998
"Mannenberg catapulted musicians' minds into what was really happening."
Picture: © Sunday Times
IN THE CLASSROOM
Interviews as historical sources
In this lesson plan, students are asked to think about how music enables people to express ideas and to affirm the cultural diversity of South Africa. They will be asked to reflect on the value of interviews as sources.
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|Artwork Photo Gallery|
|Check out the “sound” memorial marking the recording of Abdullah Ibrahim’s famous anthem, Mannenberg.|
|Listen to Abdullah Ibrahim and others reminisce about what gave rise to their famous tune.|
|A 360º view of the memorial on Bloem Street, Cape Town.|
|Basil “Mannenberg” Coetzee 1|
|Part 1: Basil “Mannenberg” Coetzee explains why they named the song after a Cape Town township, and how it became an anthem of the struggle against apartheid|