Medu Art Ensemble (Medu)
Documentary heritage submitted for inclusion in the Memory of the World Register in 2012.
Cultural association operating in Botswana and a forum for co-operation between South African exile and Botswana artists. Condemning apartheid through poems and images was therefore a common means of expression for these artists and writers. Medu was initially for Black artists with an embargo on White artists and foreigners. In 1979, after huge debates, Medu members adopted the Freedom Charter beliefs. They agreed to open its membership to all who identified with the struggle of the oppressed people of South Africa. Its collection has both local and international significance because the South African Liberation Struggle had sympathisers all over the world where they were granted political asylum. Medu also drew upon images and concepts from other revolutions worldwide.
- Year of submission: 2012
- Country: South Africa