Pic! DJ Fresh Shares A Pic Of SA’s Iconic Musicians After The Passing Of Joseph Shabalala – DJ Fresh’s name is Thato Sikwane.
His name, which means “love”, is popular in several African countries including Botswana, South Africa and Lesotho. The media personality is sometimes simply referred to as Fresh. He also goes by Big Dawg.
He remained at 5FM for more than 10 years before moving to Metro FM in 2017. The Fresh Breakfast Show became one of the station’s most-loved slots, with DJ Fresh and his co-hosts often trending on Twitter. After just two years on Metro FM, Fresh took over 947’s Drive Time show in August 2019.
He took to social media to share an image of the icons of South Africa, who have paved a way in the music industry and granted us beautiful music over the years.
South Africa’s first global star, Miriam Makeba was forced into exile during the 1960s when she campaigned against apartheid whilst out of the country, to return only after 30 years. Her music was banned back home. Nelson Mandela described her as South Africa’s first lady of song and she was known worldwide as Mama Africa. She continued touring with her eight member band right up until her death at the age of 76.
South African jazz legend Ray Phiri has died at the age of 70 after a two-month battle with lung cancer. He was admitted to hospital two weeks ago and died in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Family spokesperson Paul Nkanyane says he was surrounded by friends and relatives at the clinic, in the north-eastern city of Nelspruit.
South African singer Miriam Makeba (76) has passed away after taking ill following a concert, in the southern Italian town of Caserta, the Italian news agency ANSA reported Monday. She was performing in a concert for Roberto Saviano, a writer threatened with death by the Mafia, the Italian agency said. Miriam Makeba, known as “Mama Africa”, was the legendary voice of the African continent who became a symbol of the fight against apartheid in her home country.
She died just after having sung for half an hour for the young author of “Gomorrah” at Castel Volturno near Naples along with other singers and artists. She had taken ill and was rushed to a clinic in Castel Volturno where she died of a heart attack, ANSA said.
Legendary South African trumpeter and anti-apartheid movement figure, Hugh Masekela has died at aged 78, after a battle with prostate cancer, according to his family and the government.
Born on April 4, 1939, Masekela first picked up a trumpet after seeing the film Young Man With a Horn and encouraged by activist Father Trevor Huddleston. Often described as the “father of South African jazz”, Masekela was an icon of South Africa’s Sophiatown, the political and cultural enclave of Johannesburg that was razed by apartheid police but remains a symbol of black freedom.