March 29, 1990 |
Hundreds of refugees today huddled in churches and schools in Natal province after at least 25 people died in savage fighting among Zulus armed with guns and knives, authorities said. Local reporters described the Edendale area of the southeastern province as a "valley of death" following the battle between rival groups for control of several villages. Bodies were seen lying in village streets and on hillsides in the rugged countryside. Police and hospital officials also said at least 21 people died and 32 were critically injured in two days of bloody clashes around Edendale.
February 9, 1996 |
What's good enough for Nelson Mandela is good enough for Pennsauken. While district officials don't require their invited performers to have played before presidents, they certainly couldn't turn down an offer by Thuli Dumakude, a Zulu singer, dancer and performer, to come to its eight elementary schools to share her program of cultural music and customs of South Africa. And the powerful voice that rang out for Mandela at his 75th birthday party and inauguration lost none of its magic for Pennsauken school children yesterday.
February 20, 1991 |
THE RICH VOCAL HARMONIES of South African a cappella group Ladysmith Black Mambazo fill the Wilson Concert Hall at Glassboro State College. The group, which gained national recognition in 1986 for singing on Paul Simon's "Graceland" album, performed South African and Zulu folk songs Sunday as part of the college's Black History Month observance.
August 6, 1994 |
Kanya (left), who made her public debut at the Philadelphia Zoo yesterday, relaxes while her half siblings, Kolwa and Tandi (right), ham it up. Kanya is only the second white lion cub born in the Western Hemisphere. Her name means bright or shining in Zulu.
September 16, 2011
Here's the Penn Museum's top 10 list of don't-miss items from its old and new African galleries: Pende mask: Masks tell stories. The pende mask from the Democratic Republic of Congo warns of supernatural penalties for misbehavior, including the appearance of facial paralysis. Zulu love letter: Instead of writing notes, Zulu women wore a code of shapes and colors pinned to their clothing. Nkisi N'kondi: A true must-see, the dozens of nails in this statue symbolize offerings made in return for spiritual aid. Royal ancestral head: This solid bronze sculpture is an altar piece from Benin.
March 13, 1995 |
TOKYO 7 SICKENED AFTER TV DRINKING BOUT Seven Japanese women were rushed to the hospital with alcohol poisoning after a drinking bout recorded for a television variety show, a spokesman for the TV network said today. Ten women, ages 21 to 44, were downing whiskey, beer or wine yesterday in a variety-show contest called "Drinking Battle Royal. " They had to finish each glass in under three minutes and take a five- to 10-minute break before the next one. MADRAS, INDIA 110 DIE IN 3-VEHICLE ACCIDENT At least 110 peole were killed in southern India yesterday when three vehicles burst into flames after an oil truck trying to overtake a tractor- trailer collided with a bus. The Press Trust of India news agency said 23 other people were hospitalized following the accident 30 miles south of Madras.
February 22, 1991 |
After a song that included the lyrics, "Many dead, tonight it could be you," Ladysmith Black Mambazo sang one called "Rejoice. " This juxtaposition, definitely one that was planned, underlined the resiliency of the human spirit that has surfaced again and again in the creative music of South Africa. Last night, at a packed Grand Opera House, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the nine-piece, all-male a cappella choir, tried, as it has for about 25 years, to capture some of this spirit and release it to its audience.
August 16, 1990 |
Black factional war spread to South Africa's biggest township today when Zulu migrant workers chanting battle cries attacked a Soweto railway station, triggering battles in which at least four people died. Police tear gassed the hundreds of combatants at Inkanzane station. Officers were assaulted with gunfire and firebombs, police Col. Tienie Halgryn said. He said at least two people were killed and 41 injured in the fighting after five days of conflict in other townships around Johannesburg that has cost at least 143 lives.
April 6, 1994
Long barred from elections, denied the rights of citizenship and their political organs shut down, banned and silenced, South Africa's blacks will begin voting April 26. Two outcomes seem sure from this overdue exercise in majority rule. One, the pigment of the nation's leadership will change. Two, the likely new president will be Nelson Mandela, the heroic stalwart of the African National Congress, who served a prison term longer than many of the angry, young blacks who today find him insufficiently vengeful.
July 14, 1989 |
If it hadn't been for Paul Simon, we might not know about mbanqanga. Simon's groundbreaking Graceland album unleashed to Western ears the hard- driving rhythms and South African pop vocals, better known as township jive. Now, the man who created the vocal style more than three decades ago is making his first Philadelphia appearance. Simon "Mahlathini" Nkabinde stars at the New Arch Street Empire club, 720 Arch St., tonight at 10 with his female back-up, the Mahotella Queens and the Makgona Tsohle band.