The Drum Decade: telling the South African story of the 1950s

The Drum Decade: Stories from the 1950s, documents the life and politics of black South Africans.

Prof Michael Chapman recalls the publication's transformation as it mirrored South African voices of the 1950s to date.

702's Azania Mosaka spoke to him regarding his unique perspective as editor of the publication.

Listen to the conversation below:

It came at a time of movement and transition and then it latched onto modernity.

Prof Michael Chapman, edited The Drum Decade

Drum was initially known as African Drum and was circulated on a monthly basis, but has since become a weekly publication.

Drum could appeal to a broad public, whereas today we have a lot of segmentation and specialisation.

Prof Michael Chapman, edited The Drum Decade

To ensure that the publication reflected black life, an editorial board was established. it was comprised of leading political and cultural figures such as Dr Alfred Xuma and Joe Rathebe.

They covered the scandal of the prison farms in Bethel, The Defiance Campaign, Can Themba entered a Dutch Reformed Church and was arrested.

Prof Michael Chapman, edited The Drum Decade

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