Career boost?

Did Mannenberg significantly alter the careers of Abdullah Ibrahim and his fellow musicians?

"In 1983, his [Basil Coetzee's] musical career livened up with performances at several community benefit concerts, where he played with Robbie Jansen and other jazz stalwarts. He formed the band Sabenza (work) three years later. In 1988, he toured Europe, releasing his first album, Sabenza, in the same year. He also became a founder member of a music school, Musical Power for People's Power.

"Coetzee's last few months were tough, both for himself and his family. Aside from the debilitating effects of his illness, he missed being able to play music that had been part of his life. And there was the perennial problem of trying to earn a living."

- "Basil Coetzee: A jazz stalwart who kept the faith", Sunday Times, March 15, 1998


"[Following Mannenberg, the musical, achievement of the gold and platinum status] I could not duck the impact Basil Coetzee was [then] making on an industry that was leaning towards pop. Basil Coetzee turned into a phenomenon and went on to do college and university jazz gigs, festivals and indoor concerts. He was larger than life."

- "Mooi loop, ou Basil Mannenberg Coetzee", Elliot Makhanya, Sowetan entertainment reporter, paying tribute to Basil Coetzee on his passing away, March 17, 1998


"[Robbie] Jansen became very ill in July 2005 and the premier of the Western Cape [Ebrahim Rasool] announced that his medical bills would be met by the state. This was immensely popular with Captonians and when Jansen returned to perform he was always met with affection, love and respect."

- "Robbie Jansen", <>, downloaded October 9, 2007


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"Mannenberg catapulted musicians' minds into what was really happening."
Abdullah Ibrahim
Abdullah Ibrahim
Picture: © Sunday Times


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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Archive Photo Gallery
Images of the men who created Mannenberg.
Artwork Photo Gallery
Check out the “sound” memorial marking the recording of Abdullah Ibrahim’s famous anthem, Mannenberg.
Audio Archive
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
Basil “Mannenberg” Coetzee 2
Part 2 of a 1998 SABC3 documentary on Basil “Manenberg” Coetzee
Curious to see and hear the Mannenberg memorial?
SABC2’s Curious Culture magazine programme goes to Cape Town to report on the Mannenberg memorial
Launching the Mannenberg Memorial
SABC2’s Weekend Live programme reports on the launch of the memorial to Mannenberg