Biographies

Archibald (also known as ‘Archie’) Mafeje was born in Ngcobo in South Africa on 30 March 1936. Both of his parents were involved... read more
Contents 1918-1930s 1940s 1950s 1964-1990 1994-1999 1999 - 2013 Nelson Mandela Awards 1960s - 2000s Awards 1980s Awards... read more
Alfred Temba Qabula was born on 12 December 1942 in Flagstaff, Bhalasi in Pondoland to Solomon and Nonkhululeko Qabula. Qabula’s father work... read more
Rashid Lombard was born in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Province (now Eastern Cape) on 10 April 1951. In 1962, when he was 11, his family relocat... read more
Lebo Mathosa was born in Daveyton in the East Rand. She began singing at the age of seven in the local church choir.  The Mathosa famil... read more
Mafika Pascal Gwala was born on 5 October 1946 in the town of Verulam, a region predominantly inhabited by Zulus and Indians, in what was th... read more
Peter Henry Abrahams Deras (Peter Abrahams) was born in Vrededorp, Johannesburg’s largest Coloured and Asian slum, on 19 March 1919. Abraham... read more
This article was written by Nicholas Frid and forms part of the SAHO Public History Internship. Mzwakhe Mbuli, the “People’s Poet,... read more
Mtutuzeli Dudu Pukwana was a renowned saxophonist born on 18 July 1938 in Walmer Township in Port Elizabeth. The young Pukwana grew up study... read more
Bhekumuzi Hyacinth Mseleku was born in Durban in 1955.  A self-taught pianist, saxophonist, guitarist, composer and arranger, he was bo... read more
David Hlongwane was born on 1 January 1963 in the Zwelethemba township of Worcester. He studied at Vuyisile High School, without completing... read more
Basil Coetzee ( ‘Ou B’ or 'Manenberg' as he was affectionately known) was born in District Six, Cape Town, on 2 February 1944. He grew up in... read more

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