Music in South Africa Apartheid Prisons 

posted 5th August 2019 by Danica Wilson in Work in progress

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Music in South Africa Apartheid Prisons 

Are you ready to go on a musical journey of discovery, learning about the critical role music played during the apartheid struggle, specifically amongst political prisoners in South Africa?

We invite you to book a private 1-hour talk that is hosted by Dr. Janie Cole, Ph.D. musicologist and visiting professor at the University of Cape Town. 

Political prisoners, the unsung heroes of the liberation movement incarcerated for daring to resist the apartheid regime, relied on music as a tool of survival, resistance, protest and communication.

Dr. Cole’s ground-breaking lecture includes a multimedia presentation combining original music, historical images and curated extracts from moving new interviews with former political prisoners bringing the struggle against racial oppression, conditions in the prison, and the role of music to life in vivid relief.


Please note: the talk can be hosted in a private meeting room at your hotel (additional fees may apply, subject to hotel tariffs) and offers insight and context if one is planning to visit Robben Island.

It can easily be incorporated into your day’s touring before you head off to Robben Island (ferry tickets are subject to an additional supplement).

It is ideal for families, small groups or couples who are interested in gaining a more specialist view of prisoner life on the island.

For an additional half day supplement, Janie can also join you on the island (provided you have booked a private guided tour of Robben Island).

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