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04 Aug Fees Must Fall: A Voice of Change in South Africa

Meet 21 year-old Gigi Lamayne. At first glance, she may appear to be your average college student. But she also happens to be one of South Africa’s hottest rising hip-hop stars.

As a student at Wits University in Johannesburg, Gigi Lamayne finds herself at the center of her country’s most important debate and social movement in decades: the #FeesMustFall movement. Unlike many of her fellow “Born Free” musicians, she has chosen to use her platform to speak and rap about social, racial and economic inequality in education.

“Fees Must Fall: A Voice Of Change In South Africa,” produced by Simon Rentner and Sarah Geledi, is an episode of AfropopCloseups, a new podcast from Afropop Worldwide, a PRI-distributed radio program that has shared stories and music from Africa and across the African diaspora for the past 27 years. Afropop Closeup producers are giving voice to musicians, scholars and people across the world who are responding to extreme situations including violence, war and cultural oppression: from Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, to South Africa, to Jamaica, Haiti, Trinidad and Cuba.

Listen on Soundcloud, or on the Afropop Worldwide podcast feed.

In June 2016, Peabody Award-winning media company Afropop Worldwide launched the Afropop Closeups podcast series, bringing poignant and provocative stories from the African planet to listeners. These succinct podcasts, substantially funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, feature the voices of curious and talented producers focusing on single topics: Haitian radio stations in New York; a young “born free” rapper’s quest to uplift the social content of South African hip-hop; how musicians are becoming activists in post-conflict Mali and Democratic Republic of Congo, and much more.