African Impact: St. Lucia

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Thembile Nhokwana alias Gus alias Duma owns Dumas Falling Leaves a tavern in Gugs. For over 50 years Gus was a double bass player who played with all the great names. He reminisces about life under apartheid, how township jazz developed and the love of his life.
The Thokozani Brothers Center in Khayelitsha is run by Mhla and his wife Lindi. Over the past five years, they have trained over three hundred local kids to sing in a choir that has toured South Africa and overseas. They also provide counseling for adults and children dealing with everything from teenage pregnancy to drugs and gangsterism.

Bagamoyo, Lay Your Heart Down

Long before the first African stepped foot on North American soil and long after the last slave ships plied the Atlantic Ocean, East Africa harbored its own dark trade. For centuries until the 1920s, Arab traders traveled into Africa’s heart to collect slaves for use both on African plantations and throughout the Middle East. Along the way, these slaves endured atrocities as cruel as many that happened in West Africa. Death marches to the coast for thousands of miles. Pain, hunger, exhaustion.