OVERVIEW OF THE PARK
Lest we forget, this imposing diva with the larger-than-life persona.
Despite her lifelong claim that she was not a political singer, she became “Mama Africa” with an activist’s tenacity and a musician’s ear. She took a stand against apartheid and racism. denouncing apartheid in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly in 1963. She became the first African artist to win a Grammy Award in 1966 for her album with Harry Belafonte ,An Evening With Belafonte/Makeba. The album touched on a range of issues faced by black South Africans under the racially discriminatory apartheid regime.
Freedom Park mourns the loss of veteran jazz musician Ms Dorothy Masuka. The revered musician, who sang hits such as "Hamba Nontsokolo" and "Lendaba", was born and raised in Bulawayo in Zimbabwe. She travelled to Johannesburg by train as a teenager to launch her music career. She was a great South African patriot who loved the country and its people dearly.
May your music live forever in our hearts!