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Life in Sophia town under apartheid.

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Sophiatown An era of great music, love and acceptance in a time full of so much hate and violence. Sophiatown: Music As the swing music culture grew in America so did Tsaba-Tsaba. Music was the centre of all social events in Sophiatown, as it is in most African cultures. Artists used there songs and music as a way to protest what was happening in the world around them. Many songs were written objecting to the force removals of the inhabitants of Sophiatown. Artists were highly respected and to be musically talented was probably one of the best things that could happen to an African person because that meant you might have an opportunity to travel overseas and leave the terrible violence and injustice happening in South Africa. ...read more.

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Gangsters were inspired by American culture and movies. The gangsters spoke and acted in certain ways because of there heroes in movies. Some of the phrases coined in the 50's are still used today as part of Kasi Taal. Shebeens: Pubs are the modern equivalent of shebeens, a place where people can meet, plan and discuss things while having a good time. It was illegal for Africans to purchase European liquor, so Shebeens became the place were Sophiatown locals and visitors came together to have a good time. Shebeens worked on a bit of a class system, you found Shebeens that catered mainly for the poorer Africans. "There are those that are just out to make money, and damn the customer. ...read more.

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Drum Magazine: Drum magazine was created by Jim Bailey. Drum was a magazine that should the other side of the South Africa from shebeens, jazz, gang violence and the cruelty against Africans. The drum staff were highly in intelligent young men who had fun doing there job but lived under the constant fear of the police, they lived fast and died young. Alcohol abuse was a major problem amongst the Drum staff Apartheid: There was a constant fear of the police and what they might do to you amongst the Sophiatown residents. Many people were arrested and they never appeared again. In 1955 Sophiatown residents were forcibly removed from there homes, family and friends in Sophiatown. The government never liked the fact that there was no Segregation of races in Sophiatown so they had always planned to demolish Sophiatown. ...read more.

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