Soweto. The Day that shook the world
Hosted by Kwesi Owusu, the first episode features an exclusive interview with Eugene Skeef, the South African multi-media artist. He bears witness to the bloody uprising of Soweto school children in 1976 and shares intimate details about his work with Steve Biko, the martyred leader of the Black Consciousness Movement. Sam Tshabalala, the leading South African musician talks about Eugene’s role in the rise of the legendary Malo Poets prior to his flight into exile in 1980.
Podcast Host: Kwesi Owusu
Kwesi Owusu is an award-winning artist with credits in film, music, and the literary arts. His first feature film, Ama, co-produced with Kwate Nee Owoo for Channel Four Television, UK is considered a classic of magic realism. He was a founding member of The African Dawn, the legendary group of poets and musicians from the Pan African World. He was also a member of the Black Triangle Consortium that acquired the Electric Cinema in London in 1993 and turned it into the first Black Cinema House in Europe.
Kwesi Owusu is a postgraduate of the London School of Economics and has lectured at British and American universities. His published books include; The Struggle For Black Arts in Britain (Comedia 1986), Storms of the Heart, An Anthology of Black Arts and Culture, (Camden Press, 1988) Behind the Masquerade (Media Arts Group), Black British Culture and Society, A Text Reader (Routledge, 1999), and Ghana Highlife Music (with Florent Mazzoleni, Le Castor Astral, 2012).
Kwesi Owusu has written for The Guardian, New Statesman, The Voice, Daily Graphic, Time Out, and West Africa. He has produced and hosted TV and Radio shows and has been featured on GBC, SABC, BBC, ITV, CNN and other broadcast networks.