Bring Him Back home to Soweto
I want to see him walking down the streets of South Africa tomorrow!"
|The broadway musical, Sarafina! (also later made into a movie), made Masekela's song even more popular|
These famous words from the song, Bring Him Back Home by Hugh Masekela ran through my mind as we drove into Soweto on a recent visit to South Africa. It wasn't a tourist trip as one might assume. I accompanied a friend, who accompanied a friend who was invited by another friend to tag along while he visited his friend who lived in Soweto. That's a lot of friendships. Fortunately, the friend who was driving, understood that it's not everyday that a foreigner gets to visit Soweto (when not on a guided tourist trip). Hence my friend and I got to tag along with our other friend.
|The FNB Stadium in Soweto (known as Soccer City during the FIFA 2010 World Cup)|
|June 16, 1976 -- Hector Pieterson being carried after being shot|
|The museum is that way|
We also passed by the famous Regina Mundi church, where many of the children in the Soweto uprising ran to for safety. Because public gatherings were banned, the church was the only place where black South Africans could legally meet. As such, many meetings and discussions took place within the sacred walls of this particular catholic church.
|Soweto's Iconic Landmark Feature -- the Orlando Power Station Cooling Towers|
|Winnie Mandela's House|
|Can you guess who the main residents of the Soweto sub-township of Lenasia are?|
|Slag heaps from years of mining are a familiar sight to any Zambian from the Copperbelt|