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Postby Apostle » Thu Jun 06, 2013 12:57 pm

Hi all,

recently bought a copy of Merger's "Biko", a fantastic record with a haunting chorus. On the back of the sleeve is this picture: Image
Does anybody know more about the story behind this picture? I know already it was taken during the Soweto riots. American afrobeat band Antibalas also use it on their debut LP: Image
Why has this pic become such an icon for this event? What was going on around that time? Would like to get some good info on those events.
If anybody knows about other LP's that use the picture as well, would be interesting too.
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Postby underated » Thu Jun 06, 2013 1:27 pm

{ Wikipedia }

A 12-year-old boy was shot during the protest of 20,000 students who were opposed to the mandatory language of instruction to be in Afrikaans and it unleashed days of violence resulting in 176 dead.



Hector Pieterson being carried by Mbuyisa Makhubo after being shot by South African police. His sister, Antoinette Sithole, runs beside them. Pieterson was rushed to a local clinic and declared dead on arrival.

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Postby kalcidis » Thu Jun 06, 2013 3:46 pm

The photographers name is Peter Magubane. You can read about him and his works {here} and on {wikipedia}.

The photo is also featured on I-Roy's album Crisus Time.

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Lovely disco the Merger one by the way. Bought it some years ago having no clue of what to expect. Intense rhythm with a rather nice dub if I remember correctly. Merger have always been a very underrated reggae group. Don't know why but both of their albums I think are great and the first one in particular is brilliant. This is the front of the sleeve of the disco and included in my copy (don't know if all copies came with it) was a press photo:

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Postby Apostle » Thu Jun 06, 2013 6:48 pm

Thanks, great info!
It's a great record indeed, glad with the discovery.

So who's Biko and the Biko family? Is it one of the boys who was shot?
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Postby mr.dubhead » Thu Jun 06, 2013 8:35 pm

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Postby underated » Thu Jun 06, 2013 9:31 pm

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The night Steve Biko died I cried and I cried
The night Steve Biko died I cried and I cried
Biko, O, Steve Biko died still in chains
Biko, O, Steve Biko died still in chains
Biko died in chains.

Steel Pulse [ Biko's Kindred Lament ]

My fav tribute song.......


http://youtu.be/36XvoDx1Nek
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Postby mikus » Thu Jun 06, 2013 11:22 pm

nothing to add but to say i highly highly highly recommend this documentary about the role of music in the anti-apartheid struggle
incredibly inspirational on many levels - the way in which song and dance expressed spirit against the oppressors is something to behold
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Postby Apostle » Fri Jun 07, 2013 11:01 am

Your link doesn't work Mikus, could you upload it again? Would like to see the documentary.
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Postby mikus » Fri Jun 07, 2013 12:20 pm

Apostle wrote:Your link doesn't work Mikus, could you upload it again? Would like to see the documentary.

there was no link just the poster
you may find it online somewhere (looks like a torrent of it here http://isohunt.com/torrent_details/1817 ... ab=summary ) but i have it on DVD
heres the IMDB link for it
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0303297/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
worth seeking out
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Postby Mick Sleeper » Fri Jun 07, 2013 4:33 pm

My favourite anti-Apartheid song, although I've had to explain to more than one person that this is not a love song! 8)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNNfAuMq-M0
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Postby Apostle » Sun Jun 09, 2013 1:42 pm

Must be hard to understand for the older members of this board, but I know far too less about this period (born in '84...)
Are there any good books anyone would recommend about the Soweto Riots and the end of Apartheid? (could be both non-fiction and literature)
And since this is a reggae board, are there more good reggae songs about Apartheid and South Africa? From memory I think about
- Peter Tosh's 'Apartheid' (Equal Rights album)
- Mikey Mystic 'South Africa'
- Knowledge 'Nah buy apartheid'
- Abassani 'Apartheid no'
...
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Postby King Timmy » Sun Jun 09, 2013 6:00 pm

Frankie Paul - South Africa
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bzVCNRRMY0
Big tune!
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